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Bright future for Beckett scholars
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Bright future for Beckett scholars

written by Richard Allen | 29 October 2018
Each year support from Leeds Beckett alumni gives students struggling with the costs of university a helping hand. This year’s recipients an aspiring sports therapist, teacher, public relations executive and two social workers.
BA (Hons) Social Work students, Chloe Jade Sykes and Emily West, BA (Hons) Public Relations with Journalism student, Daniela Hamill, BA (Hons) Primary Education (5-11) Emily Rollo and BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Therapy student Emille Soares de Souza have all been awarded a £1,000 Bright Futures Scholarship to support them during their studies at Leeds Beckett University.

The Bright Futures Scholarships offer financial support to students who might otherwise be unable to afford a university education. They are awarded to first year students and are based on academic merit, with funding for the scheme generously provided by Leeds Beckett alumni.

BA (Hons) Social Work student, Emily West, in one of seven siblings and chose her course after witnessing the number of rough sleepers in her hometown, she explains: “Social work for me is literally about helping people, that’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I see a lot of vulnerable people and I wanted to make an impact, obviously I can’t change the world, but I can change someone’s world. The people who donate to these scholarships are giving people the opportunity to succeed, and come to university and I’m very grateful I’ve been given that opportunity.”

Emily Rollo, from Durham, is studying BA (Hons) Primary Education (5-11), and when she’s not hard at work in the library or on placement she helps her mum care for her sister who is living with autism. She says: “I have to travel back and forth between university and my hometown, and I also work almost full time. The scholarship means it’s going to be a lot easier to manage every aspect of being a student, not having to worry about money which is impacting my studies.”