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Freemasons bursary awarded to Health and Social Care student
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This year’s Freemasons Province of West Wales bursary has been awarded to Health and Social Care Extended Diploma student Jessica Roberts.
Jessica was nominated for the award by her College tutor, Sue Booth, after she achieved distinction grades for her course and secured a place to study mental health nursing at Swansea University.
Nineteen year old Jess almost quit her course on several occasions after leaving an abusive home to live alone aged 16, and struggling with mental illness and financial issues. Friends, family and college tutors though all supported and encouraged her to finish her Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care and pursue her dream and becoming a mental health nurse.
Sue commented: “Whilst studying at College Jess has been through some very tough personal circumstances but she has persevered and worked hard to achieve a good final grade. She accessed the support offered to her and stayed motivated to complete when the easy option would have been to drop out.”
Sue continued: “I am incredibly proud of her, and wish her all the best for the future.”
Jess was awarded the £1,500 bursary as part of the College’s graduation ceremony and has this message for other students who may be going through a tough time: “So many people have dropped out of college because they are having a hard time. Stick at it, work hard and the tough times eventually go,” said Jessica. “You have to go through them to get to the good side.”
Jess added: “I would say to anyone going through a tough time to stick at it and seek out any help offered.”