How an LJMU scholarship makes a difference

Adele Tate

LJMU offered me the course I wanted to study (not many universities do this course) and I also wanted to live close to home but still move out for the student experience, so I figured that this was the best university for me.

It was at the Open Day I was informed about scholarships, and after applying I was award the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, the highest, which is worth £10,000 for each year of my degree. The application process was straightforward – I sent a pack of evidence in the post, which I found easier rather than attaching so many documents online, but it truly depends what you prefer.

Supporting evidence

I have recently taken up the role as a Police Cadet Leader, after having a successful year not only as a Police Cadet but obtaining an additional role as the High Sheriff of Merseyside’s Police Cadet. This gave me many fantastic opportunities such as meeting and greeting the Queen, Prince Philip and the Princess Anne.

I have volunteered at Willowbrook Hospice for over three years, which has earned me not one but two community awards, one from Merseyside Police for outstanding contribution to the community and another from the High Sheriff of Merseyside in recognition of great and valuable service to the community.

Being an ambassador for my college by volunteering with St Helens Council led me to winning Student of the Year and to employment as a Young Advisor with the council, which has involved valuable experiences such as sitting on an interview panel for the Chair of St Helens Safeguarding Children Board.

I am active and adventurous, play in two netball teams and completed my Duke of Edinburgh to Gold level. I have recently passed my University Officers’ Training Corps selection process and am excited to be a part of a three-year leadership programme.

Come to LJMU, it has been the best decision I have made. The teachers are so supportive and there are so many opportunities

My scholarship has meant I can focus on volunteering rather than having to work on my days off university, and has helped me with money – travelling to all my activities adds up. I am extremely interested in volunteering abroad with The Lasallian Foundation – helping children who don’t have hope due to poverty and ignorance – for five weeks one summer. I am also going to put away some of this money for a deposit for a flat, which will help me when I finish university

Scholarships are given to you and you do not have to pay the money back, so I would advise anyone to apply because there is nothing to lose. I would also say apply as soon as possible because if you send your application in and receive more evidence that will make your application stronger you can send extra evidence in until the closing date.

Adele's top tips for students

I love living right in the city centre because everything is so accessible, from transport links to eating out and the social life. Go to the Albert Dock, visit all the different museums, look around Liverpool One and definitely check out some of the best eating places.

  1. Get involved in societies as it is a great way to meet people
  2. Do tours of accommodation to make sure you pick the right one for you
  3. Apply for a scholarship!


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