Loughborough Alumni

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Scholar

Loughborough Calling

Spring 2019

Each year, a team of current Loughborough students takes the time to telephone the University's former students as part of our Telephone Campaign. This year’s campaign is due to start in February 2019 and we will be focusing on fundraising for scholarships for students from low-income backgrounds.

The difference you can make

Meet Laura...

Laura is a fourth-year student studying Sports and Exercise Science at Loughborough and was awarded a life-changing scholarship. We caught up with Laura to discover the impact that your support has had on her and her family. 

"Just that extra bit of financial support can have such a positive impact on someone’s life. No one can help their household income or their background, so by giving students the chance to flourish and develop during their time at university, it’s probably one of the best gifts anyone could ever give."

Can you tell us why you needed scholarship support?

I live in one of the most deprived areas of the UK, where there is a huge percentage of unemployment and a small percentage of young adults who go on to higher education. My parents have provided so much for me while growing up and were prepared to help support me during my time at university where they could, but I knew this would be putting a further financial strain on our family and I felt really guilty about the impact it would have. 

I knew I wanted to study Sports Science at Loughborough and that I wanted to take advantage of the placement year available as the University’s sporting contacts are phenomenal. While doing this, I realised that the majority of sporting placements are unpaid too. Once I found out about this, I started saving up for two years before I even started at Loughborough.

Hearing about the availability of donor-funded scholarships lifted me up, knowing I had a chance of relieving some of the financial burden on my parents. It put less of a strain on me as I could concentrate on my studies and extracurricular activities more instead of having to work more hours to earn more money to cover costs. 

What do you think would have happened if you didn’t get the support?

University life would’ve been a lot tougher and more restricted. I wouldn’t have been able to pursue any of the amazing opportunities that my course and this university has to offer. Especially in the sports science industry, it’s very rare that placements in elite sporting environments are paid. Without the scholarship, I never would have been able to fund myself during an unpaid placement year and as a result, I would have missed out on an invaluable experience.

How did you feel when you got your scholarship?

It came as a bit of a shock at first as I really wasn’t expecting to become an actual scholarship recipient, so it took a little while for it to sink in. I remember having to read the letter over several times just to make sure what I was seeing was true! But once I registered what the scholarship meant for me, my family and I were elated. Personally, I felt so much lighter knowing that I’ve helped lift a financial burden off my parent’s shoulders. It meant I could go to university and not feel guilty for relying on my parents for money. I felt more self-sufficient, more independent and I could start looking forward to university life without having to worry about the financial impact on my family back home. 

What do you think your scholarship has helped you to achieve?

The scholarship will help me achieve so much, not just academically but in developing myself as a person. Academically it enables me to perform to the best of my capabilities by having the financial support to purchase key textbooks that are not always available in the library and other essential study equipment. It has kept me on track to graduate to the highest of my capabilities later this year. It has enabled me to receive extra qualifications throughout my time here at Loughborough by attending workshops and courses. My main extra achievement is achieving a diploma in industrial studies due to my amazing placement year working with the Welsh Rugby Union. This has helped develop my work experience skills by improving things such as my communication, independent/teamwork, self-management, problem-solving and using my initiative ready for real-life work.

What do you want to say to those that supported you?

A huge thank you to all the donors. This money is most definitely not taken for granted. It has allowed me to live my life to the full and make the most of my time while being here at Loughborough. It has given me the chance to further myself and has given me better opportunities than I would have got without this scholarship. Looking back on the past few years, my family and I can see how much I have changed and developed as a person while being here at Loughborough. It hasn’t been an easy journey for me, but the scholarship has made it so much easier. It has created so many opportunities for me and I’ll be eternally grateful to all the donors.

What would you say to someone thinking about pledging their support to help other people like you?

This experience has made me 100% more ambitious to work within the sporting industry, it solidified that this is the career path I want to take. I never would have gotten here without the scholarship and I am forever grateful. 

Why your support matters

Thanks to a range of gifts contributing to the scholarship fund, we will award each successful applicant between £1,000-£1,800 a year for each year of their degree to cover unexpected costs, buy course materials and equipment and to meet the gap in funding the cost of living. This will make a real difference to the lives of many of our students.

As part of the scholarship programme, gifts will enable us to safeguard student welfare by reducing stress and an over-reliance on extra employment, whilst build inclusivity and participation in campus life. By donating you will be encouraging our students to fulfil their potential, proving that at Loughborough, financial background is no barrier to an amazing student experience.

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