Bursary supports student's dreams

Having achieved AS levels in Communication & Culture and English Language & Literature, as well as a full A level in Health & Social Care at Alton College, Marie also has an AS level in Art & Design and a Foundation Diploma in ICT under her belt from Treloar School. She has always had an interest in speech therapy and her bursary from the Helena Kennedy Foundation will allow her to progress on to higher education in the field of her choice.

Marie applied for the bursary herself, with help from Alton College support staff. She said: “When I heard I had been successful it took a lot of the financial pressure away. The Helena Kennedy Foundation is great because there are people out there who care about ordinary people and want to help. I would not have been able to independently fund this and university is the only way into the profession I want to go.”

Marie also works part time as a play-worker for children with autism or physical disabilities and has completed placements at Treloar’s to support her work experience.

The Helena Kennedy Foundation exists to support disadvantaged students from the further and adult education sectors to transform their lives through higher education and fair access to graduate professions.
When informing the College of Marie’s achievement, Ann Limb, Founder and Chair of the Helena Kennedy Foundation Trustees said: “Trustees recognised the student’s difficult circumstances and were moved and inspired by the commitment and dedication they have shown in continuing their education.”