Helen Fenwick,

PhD student at Newcastle University, writes:

Helen Fenwick, PhD student at Newcastle University

Helen Fenwick, PhD student at Newcastle University

I contacted the S.Y.K. Trust and applied for a grant to cover the last instalment of my fees and some much-needed books. I was surprised by the friendly welcome I received at our meeting and was overjoyed that I was given a grant. However, more than this, the friendly face of the Trust continued with a mentor being allocated to me to ensure all was going well with my studies.

I graduated in 2006 with a distinction and went on to begin my Ph.D. in September 2006.

The S.Y.K. Trust, unlike the larger funding bodies, has a human face and has the flexibility to provide grants that are individualised to the applicants’ needs. It is perhaps needless to say, but without the support of the Trust I would have been unable to complete my studies and progress on to a Ph.D.

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