The Kirwin-Davies Foundation awardPosted on: 15/07/2020
The Kirwin-Davies Foundation award is for Year 13 Harris students who are intending to go to university and have been nominated by their Head of Sixth Form as someone who faces disadvantage in one or more areas of their life. For our first cohort of university applicants, 2 out of the 7 applications were awarded £3000 for the duration of their course. Melissa Ventura, Year 13 Health and Social Care students who has applied to study Social Work at Hertfordshire and Birmingham university. Melissa shared her thoughts about achieving the award.
"I am very grateful to be a successful recipient of the Kirwin-Davies Award, this will provide me with the opportunity to make some positive changes in my life with the amount I have been awarded. I honestly feel proud that my hard work has paid off. I would like to especially thank my teachers for encouraging me to apply for this opportunity which could have so easily have passed me by. I will continue to support the HPS6F and Aspire students by sharing my the challenges I have experienced and how I have developed strategies to overcome them in the future because at the end of the day I want everyone to be able to achieve their goals even if it’s at a different speed to myself. I would like to say a big thank you to the Kirwin-Davies Charity for highlighting my endeavours and for boosting my academic confidence. Also a special thanks to my Sixth Form teachers who have shown so much patience, unlimited amounts of time and effort for myself and other students to encourage them to complete their qualifications and aim for a successful future. The teachers' work never goes unnoticed, each and every one of them has added to my ambition as they are amazing role models."