A law graduate who has kickstarted her journey to becoming a barrister claims that it would not have been possible without her scholarship from Edge Hill University.
Atalanta Sanders-Cox, 22, graduated from Edge Hill in 2020 and was awarded a £2,000 University Scholarship for continually going above and beyond to raise the profile of Edge Hill’s Law department.
The financial support of the scholarship, as well as funding from the Student Opportunity Fund, has allowed Atalanta to embark on a journey to pursue her dream career as a barrister. She has also recently secured an Exhibition Scholarship from the Honourable Society of Inner Temple to study the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) Bar Course.
Atalanta was the first in her family to go to university and her long-term aim is to work at the criminal bar, with a focus on defence.
Without the initial funding from her Edge Hill scholarship, Atalanta claims it would not have been financially possible for her to secure her barrister training.
She said: “The University Scholarship has been really pivotal for me as it was a real kickstart to my savings. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of these things if it wasn’t for the financial base that my University Scholarship provided.
“Finances aside, I believe the scholarship did also carry a lot of weight in my application to the ICCA and my legal placements. I made sure that I got the most out of my time at Edge Hill to give myself the best chances of securing a scholarship, and I’m really pleased that my hard work paid off because it really did make a difference.”
Atalanta, from Oxford, moved back to her hometown after graduating from Edge Hill and is currently a junior crown court case worker at Reeds Solicitors.
During her time at Edge Hill, Atalanta achieved the highest overall mark for her graduating class and successfully worked her way up the Edge Hill Law Students’ Society ranks to become President. Her year as President helped the society go from strength to strength due to a combination of her commitment to improving external contacts for her peers.
She added: “My advice to other students would be to get involved with as many extracurricular activities as you can. I worked really hard in my first year to make connections and these relationships and impressions played a large part in my appointment as President of the Law Society.
“If it is a career that you know you want, then it is up to you to make sure that you do everything in your ability to commit to it and stand out from the crowd.”
The University Scholarship is worth £2,000 and celebrates students who help to raise the profile of Edge Hill in a positive way through their exceptional contribution to the University.
The award also recognises students who contribute to equal opportunities and diversity awarding notable contributions to equality in support of race, disability, gender, sexuality, religion, anti-poverty, anti-ageism or any form of anti-discrimination.
To be considered for a University Scholarship, you will need to be nominated by an Edge Hill University student or a member of staff. To nominate someone for a University Scholarship, you need to complete and submit our University Scholarship Nomination Form.
Applications for scholarships are now open and the closing date for nominations is Monday 31 May 2021 at 5pm.