Georgina, a 19-year-old student from Heywood, was given an award in 2017 and 2018 to help fund her degree.

Inspired to study law to help vulnerable people

In 2017, Georgina was a Year 1 student at  Lancaster University (a top 10 law university), studying for LLB Law degree. She is the first member of her family to go to University and was inspired to study law to help people in vulnerable situations. After working throughout the summer, she found it hard to keep on top of her finances with the cost of living and tuition fees looming over her head. Fortunately, Georgina has been a part of a youth club for 9 years, where she was advised to apply for an Aspire Award.

Funding has come as a huge relief

Georgina was successful in her ‘Your Degree’ Aspire Award application, receiving over £9,000 for her tuition fees, for the second year of her course. University course fees have brought about a financial burden for many students across the UK, leaving them in a certain amount of debt after university. So it comes as no surprise that this Aspire Award funding has come as huge relief to Georgina, meaning she can solely focus on her studies, making the most out of her talent and opportunity.

I am going to university to study law to help vulnerable people so the money will help more people than me in the long term.

Proud grandparents

Georgina lives with her grandparents, Margaret and David, who encouraged her to apply for the award. They’ve been very supportive of her career ambitions, even taking her down to Minshull Crown Court to witness real cases.

“We’re so proud of her. She works really hard and she really deserves it!” – Margaret

Further funding

We were so impressed by Georgina’s commitment and determination to her course, as well as her impressive results, that we extended her Aspire Award grant to pay for her third academic year as well.

As part of our support for Georgina’s education, we also helped her find a summer placement last year with Devonshires, a leading law firm. Kirsty Thompson, Employment Team Partner at Devonshires said:

"It has been a real pleasure to be able to offer a work experience placement to Georgina. She spent a week with us in the Employment Department, helping with tribunal preparation and advice work, getting a real insight into what life as a lawyer is like. It means a lot that we can help our clients by supporting initiatives like this. Georgina has been really keen to learn and has a bright future ahead."

How to apply for an Aspire Award

You can apply for an award by completing an application form. You’ll need to let us know exactly what you want the funding for, so make sure you’ve found the course you want to complete, how much the equipment you need will be, or what your community project will cost.

Click here to apply for an Aspire Award.