Migrant Leaders Launches Opportunity Fund for Migrant Students

awards news other Sep 01, 2020

Migrant Leaders has launched its long planned Migrant Leaders Opportunity Fund to enable exceptional migrant students to attend top universities. Our talented migrant students often find themselves in a situation where, despite gaining offers to study at top universities, they may not be entitled to student funding. This sometimes comes as a shock to them as many have been here for years and made Britain their home. Israel Johnson, Migrant Leaders Mentee and one of the recipients of the fund says “My story began when I moved to the UK in 2010 with my family when we sought safety from the violence of Boko Haram in Nigeria. I want to dedicate my life to the field of science but am ineligible for student finance, Migrant Leaders is giving me that opportunity by paying for my tuition fees to study Biomedical Science at the University of Warwick.”

Successful students will work directly with Elham Fardad and gain her additional mentoring, support, connections and resources. She says “I know what this feels like. It is true that hardship builds resilience and capabilities in young people and I would like to give my support, time and resources to deserving young people so that they can go even further than I did. There comes a time when the only way to grow our own impact is through helping others succeed.”

Hear her migrant story in this interview with Rene Carayol MBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-QH_qqvVJk&t=834s

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