John Moran Educational - Trust Making financial awards to support the entry into higher education
Student Profiles

The Trust has made awards to over forty two deserving students from the Merseyside region since it was set up in 2003. Here’s more about what these students did with their awards, and what it meant to them:

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I’m currently 18 years old and living with my mum, her partner and my twin sister. We live in Liverpool and my older sister (by nine years) was the first to go to university and graduate with a first. She went to Edge Hill and is now a teacher. I have received an unconditional offer from Lancaster University, so I will be going there October 1st to study Psychology - whether I’ll continue my studies to Masters  level is still undecided. For the past seven years I have studied at St John Bosco Arts College in Croxteth, Liverpool which included two years in sixth form. Although a small school, it was great for me. I received 9 GCSE’s with 3 A*s, 5 As and a B. Sixth form was also a great experience despite not getting the final A-level grades I truly hoped for. To give myself the benefit of the doubt, I did sit three exams in one day!

Outside of school I thoroughly enjoy spending my time with my friends, animals and just generally being outside in a social space. I first decided that I wanted to study Psychology around the age of fifteen to sixteen when I was encouraged to start thinking about university. It didn’t feel like it was  a forced decision, however. The way the brain works (human or not) totally fascinates me and I’d love to learn how we develop into completely different beings. Surrounding myself with animals and also my art as therapy really helps keep me grounded when I feel my society is taking a turn for the worse. My true aim is to honestly and truthfully help people. No condescending or patronising voices or behaviour; just understanding and aid.

With the encouragement of my friends, family and teachers, the idea of moving away to university seems a lot more exciting rather than terrifying. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m still scared! My older sister stayed at home during her time studying so I will be the first to move away completely during term times. However, with the aid of the John Moran Trust, I will be able to see my family more often than every eight or so weeks due to being able to buy myself train tickets home for the occasional weekend. This has allowed me to be no financial burden on my mother - who also has my twin to fund. She’s looking at starting college to receive a diploma in animal management. This idea was initially putting a great stress on us - she at first didn’t want me to move away from Liverpool and I wasn’t going to until I decided this will be the best decision for me. I’m grateful that this Trust has understood my situation, and the help I will be receiving is highly appreciated by all of my family.