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Grant helps Elicia work to become a paramedic

Grant helps Elicia work to become a paramedic

Northampton University student Elicia used our grant to help her work to become a paramedic.

“It is difficult to put into words how much the Sir Thomas White Scholarship has helped me,” explained Elicia, who is now in the second year of the Paramedic Science degree programme. “The financial burden of training to be a paramedic is huge, and the scholarship has helped me with all of the associated costs, such as car maintenance, medical equipment and textbooks. I am certain that the scholarship has made it possible for me to achieve better grades than I would have done with the worry of these costs on my shoulders.

I am assigned to South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), covering Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire; this means that some of my placements are 40+ miles away which turns some shifts into 18 hour days,” explained Elicia. As part of her ambulance training, Elicia recently passed the C1 driving test – which cost £1,500 for lessons and assessment. “I can now drive to medical emergencies on blue lights and sirens,” she added.

On placements I am now lead clinical practitioner on emergency calls, under the watchful eye of my mentor. My confidence in practice is strengthening, as I am taking my university-gained training and knowledge and applying it in real life medical incidents. I have recently completed a placement in Paediatric Accident and Emergency admissions, gaining an A+ grade from my placement practice mentor. It was amazing to get an A* – I realised I can do this, and this is what I want to do.

Elicia speaks highly of the help that the Sir Thomas White Scholarship award has given her: “Meeting other students I have realised how much of a difference these scholarships and awards can really make. I am now closer to realising my ambition to become a front line medical practitioner, and the Sir Thomas White Scholarship Award has really helped; thank you.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Nick Petford, said: “We firmly believe income should not be a barrier to people who want to study at university, which is why we, and our partners, invest a substantial amount of money each year to support those who come from lower income backgrounds to achieve their dreams."

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