Leeds Met students aiming for a bright future
The Bright Futures Scholarships offer financial support to undergraduate students who might otherwise be unable to afford a university education. The scholarships are awarded to first year students who are the first in their family to go to university and are based on academic merit, with funding for the scheme provided by Leeds Metropolitan graduates.
The Bright Futures Scholarships were created in 2011 and have so far helped to change the lives of more than thirty students who have demonstrated how exceptional they are; people who have worked hard at their studies, sometimes in extremely challenging circumstances, and have achieved great results.
First year Architecture student Ryan Ainsley explained his delight at receiving the scholarship: "Becoming an architect has always been a huge dream of mine ever since I was young. The thought of having something I have designed out there, somewhere in the world for people to use and appreciate would make me feel on top of the world.
"Moving away from home and coming to Leeds has also been a huge influence, as I feel that I can appreciate my new surroundings more than what I would at home. Studying at Leeds Met has also helped me with independence and life skills too, living on my own without my parents being there is harder than I thought, but is possibly one of the best things I have ever done.
"Receiving the Bright Futures Scholarship will allow me to fully focus on my studies and help me to achieve the best that I can. Since I've started at University I have also been able to inspire my mother to apply for a degree as well so she can do the same and excel. Usually it's the parents that help their children but for me it's the other way round."
Law student Megan Prunty added: "I am highly motivated to finish my degree and continue on in the profession as a barrister as I would gain great satisfaction from playing a role in getting justice for victims and also retribution for the defendants. The Law intrigues me greatly as I enjoy finding out which law applies to certain crimes and I am also intrigued by other types of law than criminal such as family law.
"This scholarship will allow me to pursue my aspirations of becoming a barrister and will let me concentrate fully on my studies here at Leeds Met."
This year, Bright Futures Scholarships have been awarded to BA (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science students Oliver Green, Josh Walker and Grace Warburton, BA (Hons) Social Work students Aidan Hall and Chloe Vale, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science students Eliza Amoroso and Laura Quinn, BA (Hons) Architecture student Ryan Ainsley, BA (Hons) Business & Human Resource Management student Paige Stephens, BA (Hons) Childhood Studies student Emily Smithers, BA (Hons) English Literature student Mary Price, BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design student Ryan Tallent, LLB (Hons) Law student Megan Prunty and BSc (Hons) Psychology student Eleanor Stocks.
Patsy Robertshaw, Head of Events, Alumni & Partners at Leeds Metropolitan University said: "We are committed to providing the highest-quality student experience and opportunities for talented individuals regardless of their socio-economic background. These scholarships make a significant difference to the students who receive them in continuing to fulfil their potential as they study with us. We are very grateful to all those individuals who have contributed towards the Bright Futures scholarships."