The tenacity of three students has been recognised after they were awarded £2,250 bursaries by the Helena Kennedy Foundation.

Helena Kennedy Foundation HE award winner Kamila

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business student David Kunarodzhvimute and Access to HE students Kamila Jon and Rebecca Jarvis were selected to receive the bursaries after overcoming significant barriers to finish their college courses and progress on to university.

Kamila recently started a nursing degree at the University of Portsmouth after completing her Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health & Human Sciences).

She first came to the UK without knowing a word of English and progressed through the College’s ESOL courses. She then went on to complete teaching assistant courses before she developed an interest in nursing.

She said: “I’m so excited to have been awarded this bursary. I came from another country quite a long time ago and I didn’t think I could do it, but next week I’m going to university. Highbury was really helpful, and my Access course was a fantastic and amazing course. It was quite challenging but at the end I got Distinctions for most of my subjects.

“When I received the email from the Foundation I was so happy. I really struggled last year because my husband was fighting Covid and we were living in a flat where it was difficult to quarantine. It was quite tough, but I overcame all of it with the help of my teachers.”

“The bursary is going to help me a lot, so I can have lots of resources for my uni studies.

“If you’re struggling, you just need to believe in yourself, and you need to ask if you need help. You shouldn’t feel hopeless. For example, you might think ‘I can’t do it anymore because I’m older or I’ve got English as a second language’. English is my second language, and I wasn’t sure if I could do this course or be able to go to university. Now I can see that if you work hard and if you take it seriously, it is possible.”

The Helena Kennedy Foundation, a social mobility charity established in 1998, provides financial and pastoral support to Further Education students who face social barriers to Higher Education. The charity has supported over 2,000 students since its inception over 20 years ago.

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  • Date 26/10/2021