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Changing lives: Cardiff Fund Scholarships

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How has having a degree from Cardiff changed your life?

We know that our graduates are amongst the most employable and we firmly believe that anybody who has the talent, ability and aspiration to achieve, should be able to study at Cardiff University.

We have one of the strongest traditions of widening access amongst leading UK universities, and we run programmes to help raise the aspirations of individuals who might not otherwise pursue higher education, because of their background and life-opportunities.

The Cardiff Fund has created over 300 scholarships and bursaries since 2006 supporting some of the brightest students at the University and enabling them to achieve their potential.

Helping with fees: Bryony Purdue

Bryony (BA, Music and French) was awarded a scholarship through the Cardiff Fund in the academic year 2011-12.

Bryony PurdueBryony wanted to study at Cardiff University because it offered her the opportunity to do a joint-honours degree in Music and French. She was selected for the scholarship by her course tutors based on her academic record, and was surprised to hear the news: "I thought you must have the wrong person," she admitted, "but I was so excited! It's going to make the world of difference and help to fund my fees."

She is passionate about her subjects, saying that she enjoys "the best of both worlds", and while she has only just finished her first year at University, she is already looking forward to doing an MSc in Music: "It's inspirational studying at Cardiff, the resources are incredible and I just can't wait to use the skills I'm being taught outside of the classroom."

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Helping with living costs: Emma Horton

Emma HortonEmma Horton (BA, Business Studies) applied to Cardiff University based on its strong academic reputation and on the recommendations of friends. She has enjoyed her studies so far, and is looking forward to her second year, when she will specialise in Human Resource Management and Economics. "The lecturers in HR are especially passionate about their subjects," she explains, "and I think I'd like to develop a career in HR after graduation."

Emma says that receiving the Cardiff Fund scholarship was a "fantastic, wonderful surprise"; and that the money will go towards her University accommodation costs next year. She says: "I would like to take the opportunity to express my appreciation to all donors for scholarships. I believe that donations of this kind can give wide support to individuals starting out on an undergraduate course. I would like to think that in years to come I will be in a position where I can repay this kind offer, by supporting another student at Cardiff University."

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Deborah Araoye

Deborah Araoye (BA Accounting and Finance) is the latest winner of the Cardiff Fund Scholarship Scheme 2012-13.

Deborah wanted to study at Cardiff University because of its excellent reputation and the friendly environment on the Open Day. “It has one of the leading Business Schools in the UK, which means excellent teaching and facilities,” she explains, “And Cardiff itself has an amazing vibe! Everyone here is so friendly and it is just a very suitable place for studying - it has everything to accommodate students.”

Her ambition is to become a Chartered Accountant, and she’s on her way with strong grades in her first year, with the scholarship helping with living and course costs.

How did she feel when she first learned about the scholarship? "Ecstatic!” she says. “I still cannot believe it. It means a lot to me and for my future. It has eradicated the financial barrier I faced. I feel privileged and honoured to have received it, and I'd like to say 'thank you so very much' to the donors who helped me - you are creating a brighter future for society and helping my dreams come true."

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Mary Lawson

I fell in love with the UK in my junior year of University in Bristol, and knew I wanted to come back. When I saw the description for 'Science, Media and Communication' at Cardiff, with its partnership between Science and Journalism, I knew I had found my perfect match.

I immediately applied and was beyond thrilled when I was accepted: the more I learn about Cardiff, the more excited I am to be a part of it. The campus is beautiful and the city seems very diverse and vibrant

This scholarship is an immense help to me: THANK YOU! I plan on using this degree to begin a very international and impactful career and the support means a lot to me: it helps me to believe that someone thinks my dreams and goals are worth supporting, and we all need that confidence boost sometimes.

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Help from across the seas: Julia Howell

Scholarship Story // Julia HowellJulia Howell (MMus, Composition) was chosen out of a strong field of candidates for the latest Cardiff University-USA Alumni Scholarship award, donated by alumni in the USA to help aspiring students to follow in their footsteps and experience life in Cardiff.

Julia wanted to study at Cardiff because of its reputation for academic excellence and the opportunity to work with eminent scholars. As an artist, she was keen to study outside the USA and found Cardiff to have a vibrant and varied music and arts culture. Speaking about the scholarship, she says: “I am completely thrilled. It has been instrumental in making this year possible for me. I am very grateful, not just for the assistance in getting to Cardiff University, but for the recognition as well.”

Pushing the limits of the possible: Jason Chan

The Hong Kong Alumni Association has generously established a Scholarship programme for Hong Kong students progressing to their next year of study at Cardiff University. The £1,200 award is eligible to students with high academic achievements who are permanent residents in Hong Kong. The 2012 award was granted to Ka Lun (Jason) Chan (MEng, Mechanical Engineering).

Jason has been passionate about his subject since childhood, and as a teenager he built robots and won a number of prizes in maths challenges. "Engineering pushes back the limits of the possible," he says. He applied to do engineering at Cardiff because the School offered good facilities in a relaxed, sociable environment, and he aims to continue his studies after his initial degree. "This scholarship will allow me to enrich my experience in engineering, to travel and visit fascinating areas, and to read more books. It has relieved some of the financial pressure on me and my parents and I am very grateful – thank you."

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