“It really does mean everything to me”: William’s scholarship story

First-year student William Shelley was inspired to study for a degree in law, after working as a Royal Marines Commando and witnessing the importance of humanitarian law.

William is one of the 160 Futures Scholars who have received support through the programme since it began in 2019.

Futures Scholarships provide undergraduate students with a £2,000 bursary, which helps them to buy essential items for their studies and a further £2,500 for employment opportunities.

Speaking about the impact of his scholarship, William said: “The moment that I found out that I received the Futures Scholarship it was life changing. The first person I told was my mum, and she was elated.

Futures Scholars have access to one-on-one advice from a Futures Scholarship Coordinator, who provides them with career and pastoral support throughout their time at university.

“The best thing about being a Futures Scholar is the careers support that it opens up to me,” said William. “Already the team have notified me of potential internship programmes at other universities [and] postgraduate study, so that’s enabled me to really get another foot ahead.”

“I’d like to convey my sincere thanks to the alumni that have donated to the Futures Scholarship. It really does mean everything to me.”

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