In 2019, we awarded 17 bursaries to local students. Here are their stories:
Megan, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
My name is Megan, and I am a final year mechanical engineering student at Solent.
For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by mechanics. As a little girl, I remember looking at aeroplanes and wanting to know how they worked. That’s why I am so pleased to be studying at Solent, working towards my dream career.
Receiving the local student bursary changed my life. I am so grateful to the generosity of former students and staff who donated. It allows me to focus on my studies and follow my dream of being a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry.
In my family, I am the first person to go to University. Having been a student from a low-income background and after the diagnosis of my mother’s illness, I have worked incredibly hard, with very little resources, to get to my current position whilst also helping care for my mum.
I have been unable to get a part-time job. My time is taken up with my studies and caring for my mum. Money was extremely stretched after paying the necessary bills, such as rent and food. I would worry about how I would afford the weekly bus fare and was unsettled as I knew this was affecting my studies.
As a result, I also had very limited social interaction outside of the University – as my focus was on saving as much money as possible for study related material. It felt very lonely.
This all changed when I heard I would receive the bursary. I felt free. I couldn’t believe it when I found out I’d be getting a bursary. I know how competitive they are, so I was overwhelmed!
The bursary has helped me with the costs of studying, such as transport to and from the campus, as well as allowing me to attend events and work experience which supports my career prospects. It also means I can finally join in with my friends on a special occasion like a birthday meal.
I now worry less about my finances and can focus on my final and busiest year at Solent. The bursary has truly raised what would have been unpassable. I feel free and can focus on my studies without constantly worrying about my finances.
I am putting everything into my time at Solent to achieve my dream. I am so excited for what the future holds and can’t wait to pursue my dream career as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry, thanks to the generosity of people like you.
Jordan, BA (Hons) Computer Games Design
My name is Jordan and I am a final year BA (Hons) Computer Games Design at Solent.
As a Local Student Bursary recipient, I am so grateful to everyone who donated. As a full-time carer for my mother, the bursary took a huge weight off my shoulders. The bursary is helping to cover the cost of travel to campus and providing better equipment to further my studies in software development. It has truly allowed me to progress further in my education.
Being a full-time carer and a full-time student is difficult at times. The bursary has allowed me to focus on my studies without having to worry about how I’ll be able to continue my studies.
Thank you to everyone who has donated. You have lessened the stress and allowed me to focus on my studies.