Second chances for ex-offenders through education

The Longford Scholarships

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"I thank the Longford Trust by rebuilding my life, career and family relationships and making sure that none of those left behind are ever more deserving than me."

Trevor received a Longford Scholarship in 2013 for his degree in medical microbiology

Before my arrest I was studying and living with my partner. We looked forward to emigrating to Australia after I qualified as a doctor. To support myself I worked each weekend in a local hospital. I also had an active social life with friends both inside and outside the medical course and I played regular football with a local Sunday league team.

 

In 2010, I was arrested. The police had discovered extreme pornographic image on my computer. I was open and honest with the police and my university, as well as with my employer, friends, family and partner. Immediately, I was suspended from medicine and my job, my partner and I broke up, and I was ostracised by friends and family. In 2012 I served a six-month prison sentence.

 

Even while in prison I remained in contact with the university. I was permitted to transfer onto the second year of another degree in a different but associated subject, an opportunity I saw as my best chance to create a career and rebuild my life. However, due to previous years study, Student Finance England would only offer a loan for one of the remaining two years. 

 

I found the Longford Trust through a prison library copy of “The Guide to Educational Grants” (published by the Directory of Social Change). After successful application, the trust granted me £2,000 toward my course fees, allowing me to return to university only months after leaving prison. 

 

As I write this testimonial, it is now two days before I receive my BSc degree results, which are predicted to be First Class Honours. In January of next year I will begin a Master’s degree and I am again hopeful of a promising career. My success and dedication to rebuilding my life has helped me to reconcile with family; some of whom will be travelling here to attend my graduation next month.

 

Words cannot convey my gratitude. With limited funds, the Longford Trust chose me above others in as much need to receive the grant. I thank the Trust by rebuilding my life, career and family relationships and making sure that none of those left behind are ever more deserving than me.

 

 

Thank You.

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