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Future is bright for seven Leeds Beckett scholarship recipients

An aspiring Speech and Language Therapist, Social Worker and Filmmaker are among seven Leeds Beckett University students to have been awarded a £1,000 scholarship.

Bright Futures

The Bright Futures Scholarships, funded by Leeds Beckett alumni, offer financial support to high achieving first year students who might otherwise be unable to afford a university education.

BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy student and Bright Futures Scholarship recipient, Kit Hollingsworth, chose her course after undertaking work experience and shadowing a Speech & Language Therapist.

Kit said: “I just loved it and thought it would be the most rewarding career - to know that you’re helping somebody every day, was just a massive attraction to the course.

Kit Hollingworth

Kit Hollingsworth

“I want to say a huge thank you to the donors – the scholarship will help me so much and make my university experience that much better than it would have been because it will just bring new experiences and a whole other side to enrich my experience.”

BA (Hons) Social Work undergraduate, Jenna Edwards, was previously supported by social services herself, something which inspired her to strive for a career as a social worker.

She said: “I’ve been a service user in the past as I was homeless when I was 16, so I’ve got that insight into what my caseworkers did for me. I got to go through college which I shouldn’t have been able to do, and I saw how rewarding it was for them to see us grow and achieve.

“I love the course - not every day is the same, and you’re taught how to adapt to different situations. Recently, we’ve been learning about understanding development, throughout different age groups and comparing different theories.”

She added that the scholarship will make a real difference to her and her young family and take away some of the financial worry she currently feels.

Jenna Edwards

Jenna Edwards

“It’s taken a lot of the stress away from my first year. I’m going to be doing placements soon and, having a 17-month old son, I’ll need to put him in nursery for longer hours which will take up a big chunk of my finances, but this scholarship means I’ll have the same opportunity as everyone else,” Jenna said.

BA (Hons) Filmmaking student, Bethany Goode, has always been passionate about filmmaking and is striving for a career as a producer in the film industry. Bethany plans to use the scholarship to support her in undertaking co-curricular activities, such as University trips and attending film festivals.

She siad: “The scholarship will make the world of difference to me. I work a lot of hours as a waitress, as my mum can only work part-time and struggles to support me. It means a lot, and will help me to do things that I wouldn’t necessarily have been able to do at University.

“I’d like to think that, if I can make a successful career out of coming to university, then I can do the same and help future students that may not be able to afford the things that most students do to achieve their best.”

This year, Bright Futures Scholarships have also been awarded to BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing student Rebecca Harding; BA (Hons) Sport and Social Sciences student Shannon Page; BA (Hons) English and Media student Alanya Wilson; and BA (Hons) Criminology student Nicole Wightman.

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