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 am nineteen years old and I live with my mum and younger brother at home, my mum has been a single parent since my dad left us five years ago. My mum has always been supportive of me no matter what and has always pushed me to challenge myself. I have always tried to get involved with volunteering and have been involved with organisations such as NCS, St John Ambulance and The Scout Association. I am very passionate about these organisations and how they work to help people in society which is why I always try and help out with them whenever I can.

At college I sat A-levels in Sociology, Psychology and Mathematics.  I really enjoyed these subjects and their content. Also in college I got involved in various extra -curricular activities, for example I spent some of my time volunteering at a local SEN school as well as with the Equality and Diversity group in my college.

I was fortunate enough to secure a place at the London School of Economics to study Sociology. This is such an amazing opportunity given that the university is one of the best in the UK as well as being a leading university in the social science field. I chose sociology because I have always been interested in people and how we fit into the world, it wasn't until I began A level sociology that I learned there was more to it. It is such an interesting subject which is why I've chosen to pursue it further, for me a part of sociology called committed sociology is what made me realise that I wanted to continue studying it. As a branch of sociology it acknowledges that as sociologists we should be the voice for those in society who don't have one, and this is something I have internalised.

The financial assistance from the John Moran trust will allow me to take the steps to move to London and begin my studies, something which would have been extremely challenging had I not been successful, given my family’s financial circumstances.  The funding I have received is going to go a long way in helping me pay towards my accommodation fees as well as my travel both of which can be very expensive in London. I am extremely grateful for this support from the John Moran Trust as it has meant that I can now take the steps into higher education.