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2016-2017

ANTHONY WRIGHT

ECONOMICS | UNIVERSITY OF KENT CANTERBURY

“Thanks to The Black Heart Foundation I have been given the opportunity to have a unique experience in NYC. In August I set off from these shores to live and work in a place I’d never been before and knew very little about, beyond the rumours. Upon arrival I was captivated by the sheer size and pace of the city. I knew that I would be working with young people and it has been a humbling experience to form bonds with these young men and women and to know their stories.

I currently reside in Brooklyn, where I spend 5 days of the week living and working with boys and girls from disadvantaged parts of New York. My role is one of a counsellor but I also teach a little and act as an advisor to the Junior class. Whilst there I have decided to undertake an action research project looking at youths in urban areas of New York, while drawing a comparison with the same in London. This particularly resonates with me as my own upbringing in East London brought with it a number of challenges, which I have now learned to be universal when talking about boys of colour.

This journey has given me the tools to grow and challenge myself and I would like to sincerely thank the Foundation, as without them, this would not have been possible.”

LINKSON JACK

MA PUBLIC POLICY | UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

“I graduated from the University of Oxford in 2017. The scholarship I received from The Black Heart Foundation was essential for completing my studies since it funded the greater part of my tuition fees.

Since graduating I have been running STEM Skills Fund, which I founded in 2016. STEM Skills Fund is an educational charity whose objective is to get more girls studying A-level maths and physics and interested in studying a STEM-related subject at university. The Black Heart Foundation has contributed funding to a pilot trial of the Maths and Physics Girls’ Scholarship administered by STEM Skills Fund.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has recently evaluated the pilot trial of the Maths and Physics Girls’ Scholarship and found that it has significantly increased female applications to study A-level maths and physics. The Black Heart Foundation has not only had a positive impact on my own life trajectory but has afforded me the opportunity to positively influence the life trajectory of others in turn.”

LOUIS WALLOND

FINAL YEAR | BRIT SCHOOL

“Louis Wallond is a young, aspiring performer who was granted funding from The Black Heart Foundation for professional training at the Gielgud Academy in Sussex. The challenging programme has enabled him to progress in areas of dance such as Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and Contemporary as well as professional Vocal Coaching and Acting tutoring.

From this experience he has managed to gain a scholarship in Film and TV master classes, awards for most improved senior and male lead in the schools Ballet performance and he has taken part in workshops with West-End and TV professionals John Partridge and Saffron Sprackling.

As a result of this high quality training and experiences, Louis has managed to secure a place in the Musical Theatre Strand at the Brit School for September 2015. He plans then to go to an Arts University to study another Musical Theatre course and hopes to star on the West-End stage.”

CRISTAL PIMENTEL

NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“I am grateful for The Black Heart Foundation for blessing me with the scholarship and the opportunity to be able to go to school full time. Without the scholarship, I would not have been able to attend college because of my financial status and my ineligibility for financial aid due to my DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status. This status only allows me to get a job and go to school and pay in-state tuition, but does not grant me financial aid.

The scholarship has helped me tremendously. I am able to further my education to achieve all the goals I have set for myself. I will hopefully graduate in the summer of 2018 if I continue to take 5 classes each semester. I am trying my best at North Shore Community College so that I may complete a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology.”

CHLOE LEWIS

MA EDUCATION | UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

“I feel extremely honoured to be a 2016-17 recipient of The Black Heart Foundation Scholarship. The generosity of the Foundation has enabled me to commence upon a part time Masters in Education at the University of Durham. Over the next three years, I will be studying part time at this prestigious institution, whilst working full time for an education charity to continually apply my learning.

It remains true that the likelihood of young people achieving their aspirations is intrinsically linked to their opportunities for educational access. It is my hope that the knowledge and experience I gain through my Masters Degree can be used to implement solutions that create and widen educational access and opportunity for many students. This is the beginning of a challenging and exciting venture, and I am so grateful to be supported in my ambitions through The Black Heart Foundation, without whom none of this would be possible.”

MAYOWA SOFEKUN

MSC SOCIAL POLICY | LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

“Receiving an award from The Black Heart Foundation has allowed me to pursue postgraduate study at the London School of Economics where I will be undertaking a Masters in Social Policy in September 2016. Without this scholarship, it would have been impossible for me take up my offer from such a prestigious university. My scholarship has removed the financial pressure associated with higher education and particularly postgraduate study and will allow me to focus and fully immerse myself into my degree.

I am truly grateful for the support as it has helped me work towards my desire to improve social policy in the UK, particularly within the education sector. I hope to positively impact social mobility and the prospects for young people from ethnic minorities and disadvantaged backgrounds. My lifelong goals and dreams are based on the problem of educational inequality which I want to help solve and I am pleased that the Foundation is helping me to realize this dream by funding my postgraduate study.”

2015-2016

2017-2018