An Edge Hill University student who has worked tirelessly to enrich the lives of children, Ellen Kay Garner, has won a prestigious scholarship worth £2,000.

Ellen (22) from Southport, has just completed a degree in Child Health and Wellbeing, achieving First Class Honours. The University Scholarship, announced at her graduation ceremony, recognizes her as an outstanding role model for her fellow students.

In addition to her demanding studies Ellen has made an exceptional contribution to the University including raising awareness of inclusivity issues and working with the Inclusion Team to inspire and advise future students.

Throughout her degree Ellen has worked with a long-term condition of cerebral palsy, contending with the symptoms associated with the condition. Speaking after receiving her award, Ellen said:

“During my time studying at Edge Hill I have particularly enjoyed the sense of achievement and fulfilment I experienced when completing assignments to the best of my ability despite having to face daily challenges. I strongly believe that my time at university has helped shape me into being the independent individual I am today and greatly increased my confidence, positive outlook on life and my future prospects as a Child Health and Wellbeing graduate!

“When I received the scholarship I was totally overwhelmed, I could not be happier that my achievements have been recognised by others and that I was able to be of support to fellow students in a similar circumstance to myself. I am excited to see what the future holds for me and I cannot thank the staff at Edge Hill enough for all of their support.”

The Edge Hill University Scholarship celebrates students who help to raise the profile of Edge Hill in a positive way through their exceptional contribution to the University. Learning Facilitator Nadine Bevis, who nominated Ellen for the award, said:

“I congratulate Ellen on her award, which shows her dedication. Ellen has worked so hard for this. Ellen always puts others first, never wanting to let anyone down. She will arrive to her planned mentoring session even when she is in pain, showing dedication and passion for her study.”

Ellen’s dissertation focused on the factors that facilitate disabled children to participate in physical activity and sport, whilst most research in the area currently looks at the barriers encountered. Nadine added:

“This is a passionate, but truthful piece of work which could inform practitioners of ways to enhance inclusion. This and all of her outlook shows her commitment to improving the lives of children through her care and support as well as in her academic work.”

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