A College of West Anglia (CoWA) student from the Isle campus in Wisbech, has gained a highly sought after bursary.
Rebecca Kierman has achieved her National Diploma in Childcare and is now on her way to university helped by the Helena Kennedy Foundation (HKF).
Rebecca (18) from Wisbech gained her place at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) to study a BA Hons in Education Studies, through hard work, commitment and dedication qualifying with triple merit from CoWA. She has overcome some difficult personal circumstances throughout her education and is now looking forward to realising her dream of progressing on to higher education.
She said: “Despite my personal difficulties I was determined to learn and make something of myself. I would definitely advise people to strive for more. Find out what you’re interested in and learn about it because it could lead to a better life.”
Rebecca was selected from hundreds of nominations across the country and will receive her much needed bursary of £1,500, enabling her to pursue a career as a primary school teacher. In addition, she will receive mentoring and training from the Foundation as part of the bursary package.
“I was shocked when I found out I had been selected. Studying for a degree can be financially draining so the bursary is going to be a big help. I feel really lucky to have been selected and would urge others who are struggling to find the necessary funds to approach the foundation. Thanks to the Helena Kennedy Foundation I can pay for some of the living and travel costs that otherwise I would not have been able to afford”, explained Rebecca.
The HKF offers support to disadvantaged students who have overcome significant barriers in order to continue with their education at university level.
Each year the HKF invites further education colleges, adult education centres and sixth form colleges to apply for a £1,500 bursary sponsored by a university to support their progression to higher education
The HKF said: “This year, as in previous years, trustees were overwhelmed with applications for the bursaries available and it was exceedingly difficult to make choices. Trustees recognised Rebecca’s difficult circumstances and were moved and inspired by the commitment and dedication she has shown in continuing her education”.
Rebecca was nominated for the ARU sponsored bursary by her college tutor Carol Renard, who described her as a “Hardworking, determined student who exhibits a mature attitude with the ability to succeed in circumstances where others would have given up.
“Her courage in overcoming personal issues is matched by her determination to continue her education and forge a better future”.