My name is Ethan Henry. I would love to continue my academic career in Organisational Psychology, however I am struggling to afford the tuition fees for a Masters course. I have recently been given an unconditional offer for my dream course at City University (Organisational Psychology MSc), but with tuition fees rising to £10000 per year I am afraid I won't be able to pursue this opportunity without funding. I had originally intended on taking out the new government funded postgraduate student loan (for £10000), however due to the fact I am Welsh and not English I am ineligible.
Born in Wales, I was raised by my single mother along with my brother and sister. Despite her job as a nurse we managed to get by and still managed to afford education. During my time at sixth form (college) we qualified to receive Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) from the government to help support my mum throughout my education. I studied Sociology, Psychology, Maths, and Media at A-level and received the following grades:
Sociology - A*
Psychology - A
Maths - A
Media - A
Once I had completed my A-levels I decided to work as a support worker for a year helping to support vulnerable adults with mental health issues. This helped me to fund my subsequent Degree at Cardiff University in Psychology. During this course I received the maximum maintenance grant due to my low household income. This was extremely helpful and without it I truly believe I would not have been able to continue studying. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the university, and after taking part in funded research projects, I was proud to be awarded a First Class Honours.
Since graduation (June 2015) I have been working for Cardiff University as a research assistant at the Centre of Occupational and Health Psychology in order to fund my Masters starting in September 2016. Unfortunately this has not provided me with enough money to realistically afford my studies and accommodation in London for the MSc I have been accepted on. This course does not provide full scholarships and the smaller scholarships are either not available to people studying my course, or incredibly hard to obtain.
I would not usually make an account for this purpose, however after being advised by alternative postgraduate funding websites I thought I would give it a go. I just want to say thank you for reading this even if you do not donate any money. I appreciate the time you took out of your day. That said, if anyone is able to help a promising student reach his goals then it would mean the world to me.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have!