28 September 2018

The Helena Kennedy Foundation exists to overcome social injustice by providing financial bursaries, mentoring and support to disadvantaged students from the further and adult education sectors – enabling them to complete their studies in higher education and move on successfully into further studies or employment.

We are pleased to be continuing to support the Foundation in it's twentieth year and have once again been in the privileged position to award bursaries of £2,250 to two learners who have successfully begun their journeys onto higher education.

This years recipients of our bursaries are Victoria who studied at Kirklees College and Kareema who studied at Gateway Sixth Form College. The bursaries will be extremely beneficial to Kareema and Victoria as they progress into their higher education studies.

Speaking of obtaining the bursary, Kareema who is about to embark on a Contemporary Dance degree at De Montfort University said:

“Among other things, I intend to use my bursary to buy a laptop, printer and gym membership as I need to be physically fit to be able to dance to my best ability.

“My ambition for the future is to finish my studies and train to become a teacher. My ambition is to start out as a teacher in a secondary school and move onto teach dance in a college. I also want to give students extra tutoring classes in dance and work as part of a dance studio, teaching others different styles of dance and helping them improve.”

Mum of one, Victoria, who was nominated for the bursary by her college lecturer said:

“I applied for the bursary due to the fantastic opportunities that it can provide for me, including significant educational advancement which will make a great difference to me and my life. The financial aspect is obviously very rewarding and will support me through my years at Huddersfield University but on top of this, I will also receive help from a mentor which will all be invaluable to my development.”

We wish Kareema and Victoria the best of luck with their studies and look forward to catching up with them later in the year. To find out more about the fantastic work of the Helena Kennedy Foundation visit their website.