Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships to celebrate determination, commitment and achievement in a variety of areas, as well as rewarding academic excellence.

Each year, the University gives out thousands of pounds to those students who have made valuable contributions to University life, either by excelling academically, raising the profile of Edge Hill in a positive way, promoting equality, motivating others, or by overcoming personal circumstances in order to achieve.

The winners are recognised for their achievements at a special awards ceremony hosted by the University’s Chancellor, Professor Tanya Byron.

Read about some of Edge Hill’s inspirational scholars below.

Surviving the Westminster attack inspired Travis to support other victims of terrorism

Second year student Travis Frain has an extensive history of volunteering, however when he was caught up in the Westminster attack earlier this year, he realised there wasn’t enough support for victims of terrorism and was inspired to become a charity trustee.

History with Politics student Travis, from Darwen, was on a trip to the Houses of Parliament with 12 other Edge Hill students when he was hit by a 4X4 vehicle on Westminster Bridge. He sustained a number of injuries requiring surgery and was in hospital for eight days.

Over the years, Travis has volunteered in a wide range of roles from teaching elderly members of the community how to use the latest technology to reconnect with family, to teaching children who might face issues transitioning from Primary to Secondary education in Summer Schools, and flying out to Uganda to teach Maths, English and Sport in the Acholi Quarter Slums of Kampala..

“Areas in Darwen and particularly the neighbouring town of Blackburn are quite deprived, and so the Secondary School that I studied at placed a big emphasis on volunteering in the community; I guess it just grew from there,” said Travis.

For the past six months Travis has had to rely on the support of charities and the goodwill of individuals as he has found there is very little support for victims and survivors of terror attacks. This was the catalyst for him becoming a Trustee for the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation.

“Since the attack in March it has become abundantly clear that for myself, my friends, and other people affected who I have spoken to, that there is very little support in place at all.

“The Peace Foundation was founded in 1995 by Colin and Wendy Parry OBE after the loss of their son in the Warrington bomb attacks carried out by the IRA in 1993 – the Foundation is the only organisation of its kind in the UK, and hopes to address some of the issues that victims and survivors of terror attacks face in the immediate aftermath, and in the months following.

“They receive very little recognition despite the enormous workload they endure, particularly after the events of this year. As a result of the attacks in Manchester and London, they have supported over 400 of those affected.

“It’s my hope that I can raise awareness of both the charity and also the specific issues that can hamper the recovery of those involved.”

Travis’ volunteering efforts have been awarded with an Excellence Scholarship for in recognition of the time he has given to make a significant difference to the lives of other people.

“I was really happy to hear I’d got the Scholarship and look forward to using it to further this cause in the months to come.”

Last year Edge Hill awarded Colin and Wendy Parry OBE with Honorary Doctors of Education for their efforts in promoting peace and community education in the wake of a family tragedy.

“When Travis came to the Foundation and received help and support from our dedicated team, he impressed everyone with his maturity and his commitment to mark his own misfortune by actively engaging in the work we do,” said Colin. “When he expressed an interest in becoming a Trustee, he was referred on to me as Chairman of the Trust Board.

“Travis and his mother travelled to the Peace Centre to meet me and discuss the role of a Trustee, and I was immediately struck by how well Travis was dealing with his injuries and the trauma of being the victim of a senseless, random terrorist attack. By the time we finished our meeting, I was entirely satisfied that Travis would make a strong contribution to the Board. He struck me as a young man with a clear vision of what he wants to do with his life. I am delighted to admit such a thoughtful and confident young man to the Board of the Foundation which my wife created so many years ago for people just like Travis.”

To find out more information about the scholarships awarded at Edge Hill, click here.

Student’s hit YouTube channel earns him a scholarship

A keen YouTuber with a following of over 27,000 subscribers and video views in excess of two million has been awarded a scholarship by Edge Hill University.

Nineteen year-old Patrick Ball, from Southport, produces content for and runs his own channel, Postboxpat. The channel’s videos are designed to help Minecraft players gain a better understanding of the game.

Patrick said:

“I first started producing online content around 2012, inspired by my school friends and other content creators. I was always being asked questions about games or would hear others talking about them, and I imagined many other people out there would be asking the same questions, so decided to answer them online.

“My school friends and I started producing content, which at first was very dry but we all have to start somewhere! After about three months most of them had stopped but myself and a few others continued and here I am today with a successful channel which is still growing.”

Patrick is in his second year studying BA (Hons) Music Production and says that experience gained on the course has helped him to improve the audio side of his content including music and sound effects.

“I like my videos to have as professional a finish as possible, says Patrick. “I edit them using Final Cut Pro, do my own commentary and produce my own music. I’ve also collaborated with others to produce unique content.”

Patrick is hoping to one day reach 100,000 subscribers, and releases new content on an almost daily basis.

He hopes to set up a YouTube society at Edge Hill.

“I would love to collaborate on videos with other Edge Hill students,” he said.

Patrick is hoping for a career in music production but also intends to carry on producing his video content, with a view to linking the two passions in some way in the future.

To find out more about studying Music Production at Edge Hill click here.

Scott wins scholarship for going the extra mile (or 60)

For most people, running a marathon would be an incredible achievement. However, for trainee teacher Scott Parry, 26 miles just isn’t enough of a challenge. As an ultramarathon runner, Scott regularly clocks up 100km – or 62 miles – and has raised thousands of pounds for charity. His dedication has now been rewarded with an Excellence Scholarship from Edge Hill University.

“I actually found out about ultras by accident,” said Scott, a first year Secondary Science (Chemistry) Education with QTS student. “A friend of mine had signed up for a 100km race across the Trans Pennine Way, from Manchester to Sheffield, and he suggested I have a look at it. I looked up the website as soon as I got home and immediately felt a pull. It’s not for everyone, but it certainly is for me.”

That first exhilarating experience got him hooked and Scott has since run a second ultramarathon from Eastbourne to Arundel, along the famous Beachy Head, as well as the Edinburgh and Loch Ness marathons and two half-marathons.

Scott has used his love of running to support a number of charities close to his heart, including Macmillan, Compassion UK and Hope for Justice. In 2016, he was in JustGiving’s top 5% of fundraisers, raising money for The Alzheimer’s Society after losing his granddad to the condition. He recently completed the 100km South Coast Challenge for Macmillan, in memory of his friend’s dad, finishing 37th out of 500 competitors.

Scott said:

“When I found out I had received the scholarship, I was over the moon! It will help massively with the costs associated with endurance running. As well as allowing me to get some great tech for running and paying my race entries for next summer’s events, it will also help towards my coaching sessions with one of the best ultra running coaches in the world. I am so grateful to Edge Hill for giving me a platform to be able to continue chasing my dreams.”

Scott has two confirmed 100km races next summer and hopes to gain enough points to qualify for the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc, a 166km footrace across the European Alps.

“I think when you conquer one of these events, it transfers across into other aspects of life,” said Scott. “Whenever I’m feeling like I’m not good enough or that I can’t do something, I look back at a photo of me finishing an ultra and I remember that I am capable of feats beyond my self-imposed limitations.”

Click here for more information about studying for a degree in Secondary Science (Chemistry) Education with QTS.

Trampolining coach in high spirits after winning Excellence Scholarship

As well as studying for a degree in Early Childhood Studies and looking after her three boys, Dawn Chadwick gives up her valuable weekends to run a voluntary trampoline club for children and adults of all physical abilities.

Second year student Dawn, from Lymm, was a taekwondo athlete for Great Britain before returning to her first passion, trampolining.

“After working as a sports coach with a summer camp I recognised there wasn’t any provision for children to do trampolining outside of the camp. My trampolining course was always in high demand in the centres I taught in, so much so that the company director increased the amount of courses offered to the children. I am really proud to be able to use the training and opportunities I had been given as a teenager and give back to my local community.”

Dawn set up Cheshire Trampoline Club three years ago and it has gone from strength to strength. The club has 72 gymnasts who train weekly, and there is a waiting list of over 80 children looking for places. She also holds an adults’ session for recreational fitness, returning to the sport or trying something new.

Over the last three years she has coached a disabled gymnast to two British finals achieving superb results in all of the qualifying competitions. Another gymnast she coached reached the national school finals, narrowly missing out on the gold, and also made it to the regional team finals.

She has recently developed a leadership course in-conjunction with British Gymnastics to help young gymnasts who want to become more involved with their club. As well as helping them grow and develop, the course can be used as evidence in GCSE subjects.

“I support children doing GCSE PE by coaching their syllabus to an A* standard which some PE teachers are unable to do as it is a specialist sport,” said Dawn. “I have recruited a further three coaches who work with me voluntarily to enable more children to enjoy our sport.

“When I found out I has been awarded a scholarship I was elated. I run my club voluntarily and never look to gain any reward other than seeing my gymnasts succeed in any of their goals.”

In the future, Dawn aspires to engage at a professional level within GB sports or teach primary education. She is applying to study a Masters in Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health as well as a PGCE in Primary Education with QTS.

Click here for more information about studying for a degree in Early Childhood Studies at Edge Hill.

Liverpool fan receives scholarship for changing lives through football

Business and Economics student Mark Turner has been recognised with an Edge Hill University Excellence Scholarship for his voluntary work in both Northern Ireland and Ethiopia, where he has helped build schools and improve children’s lives through football.

Mark volunteers for local charity Hope and a Future, which provides education and healthcare for vulnerable children in Ethiopia. As well as working in the charity’s shop and fundraising, he has travelled to Ethiopia twice to take part in projects and see the impact of the charity’s work at first hand.

“As a football fan, I am especially committed to the school’s football team,” said Mark. “We created it to give the kids a focus and keep them off the streets – an ideology I believe strongly in.”

Before his first visit, Mark approached Liverpool FC and organised the donation of 30 football kits which he presented to the delighted children. He noticed that they didn’t have suitable footwear for playing football so, after learning a few key Amharic phrases, he took all of their shoe sizes and purchased football boots and socks for the whole team with his own money.

Mark is currently working with Hope and a Future on the development of Ethiopia’s first disability and youth centre. He has helped to design specific assessments to enable the charity to provide the correct therapies and equipment for each individual and also offered one-to-one support to a teenage boy with cerebral palsy to help him improve his movement and speech.

Alongside his voluntary work, Mark works as a Support Worker for the Cedar Foundation, helping to run summer schools and youth clubs for disabled children. He is also a published poet and has contributed to the story sharing app Wattpad.

As an Excellence Scholar, Mark plans to use his experience as Deputy President of his college’s Student Council and Equality Officer on the Executive Committee to empower disabled students at Edge Hill and show that disability is no barrier to achievement.

Click here for more information about studying for a degree in Business and Economics.

Mental health champion Charlotte rewarded with scholarship

A Liverpool student who works tirelessly to improve mental health provision for young people has received a scholarship from Edge Hill University.

20 year-old Charlotte Mangan is the Mental Health Champion for Liverpool. This voluntary role, which she took on during a two-week long school work experience project but has continued in ever since, involves meeting with health professionals and mental health service users to discuss the standard of services and participating in activism concerning mental health services for young people.

Charlotte has appeared live on BBC Parliament to deliver a speech about the importance of mental health issues and the ways in which they can be addressed and is in contact with local MPs including Labour’s Luciana Berger to discuss how community members can improve mental health services. She has even been recognized by the Queen for her hard work, having being appointed an Associate Fellow of the Commonwealth Society.

Charlotte says:

“My own personal battles with mental health issues inspired me to take on this work. I found that the services on offer were not to a high standard and felt like I needed to give something back to the community to help those suffering with poor mental health.”

Charlotte, a first year student of BSc (Hons) Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour, says she is always ready to offer a listening ear to fellow Edge Hill students.

She said:

“I am currently a student rep and engage regularly at events around the University. Both fellow students and people outside of University often ask me for advice regarding mental health issues and I am always keen to offer support. My lecturers are very supportive of the work I do and often ask for my insights in class.”

Another cause that is close to Charlotte’s heart is the Slow Down for Bobby campaign, which was set up by her family after her six-year-old cousin tragically lost his life after being hit by a car outside of his school in 2014. Charlotte helps towards the charity’s goal to raise awareness of speed limits and increase road safety around schools. During the past three years, she and her family have set up many fundraising events including a 15,000 foot sky dive which raised over £30,000 for the cause.

Charlotte hopes to join the armed response section of Merseyside Police Force once she finishes her studies.

“As well as my volunteering, knowledge gained from my studies will help me achieve this career goal as I am gaining a broader understanding around the reasons people offend and how various environmental factors and circumstances can affect an individual,” she said.

Click here for more information about studying Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour.

Cyclist who battled back after a life-threatening accident wins Edge Hill scholarship

James Thompson was a national level cyclist, before a serious crash in 2014 left him unable to walk, talk or eat. Two years later, he completed an Ironman challenge, one of the toughest sporting events in the world. His courage, resilience and determination to use his experiences to inspire others have been recognised with an Edge Hill Excellence Scholarship.

“I suffered a severe brain injury in the accident and was in a coma for two weeks,” recalled James, a first year Sport and Exercise Science student. “When I woke up I was paralysed down my right side and doctors told me it was unlikely I would return to a normal life.”

James refused to accept this and strived to get better, setting himself physical, mental and social goals. Within two years of the accident, he had completed Ironman Wales – consisting of a 3.6km swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run – and also achieved three A-Levels. On top of this, he was made Head Boy of his school, became an ambassador for Lance Armstrong’s charity, Livestrong, raised funds for the Walton Centre, where he undertook his rehabilitation, and remained a devoted father to his daughter, Anna.

“I think after nearly losing everything in a moment, it made me realise every moment matters,” said James. “I try to fill as much of my time with things as I can so that if tomorrow never came I would know I’ve done all I can to be happy. I get bored pretty easily too which means I don’t stop!”

Through his work with Livestrong, James gives frequent talks to inspire people who are facing cancer or other trauma, and was selected to travel to Austin, Texas to talk about his experiences.

Mr Ridway, James’ teacher at Deyes High School, said:

“It is testament to his character that he has managed to achieve such amazing progress in his recovery. You would not know what he’s been through if you were to meet him today. His fitness is exceptional, and he is articulate and thoughtful.”

James added:

“I was made up to receive the scholarship. It means that I can keep entering new events to push myself and inspire others.”

Click here for more information about studying for a degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

Aoibhin’s commitment to helping those in need has earned her an Excellence Scholarship

As well as regularly working through the night to help people in need, first year student Aoibhin Bailie also educates people on making positive lifestyle choices.

Early Years Education with QTS student Aoibhin, from Carryduff in Belfast County Down, volunteers with SOS Bus NI, a charity that makes a difference to children, young people and adults on the streets of Belfast during the night.

“At weekends I work with a team of SOS Bus volunteers and medical staff from 10pm until 4am helping those in need at night,” said Aoibhin. “I help people who are drunk and need to receive care from hospital, those in vulnerable situations such as people at risk of sexual assault, and care for individuals who may be homeless, suicidal or simply are lonely and wish to talk. I find volunteering with SOS Bus very rewarding and enjoyable.”

Aoibhin has also volunteered as a mentor and group leader on the SOS Schools Education and Empowerment Programme for the last five years. She helps teenagers become more aware of the dangers associated with drinking to great excess and teaches them about issues such as drink spiking and assault, in the hope they will make good lifestyle choices.

Lisa Toan, SOS Schools Programme Co-Ordinator, said:

“Aoibhin is an inspirational girl who has embraced all aspects of our charity and she has proved to be a valuable member of our team. She has always given generously of her time and energy, and the qualities she has portrayed working with my team in SOS NI are not only desirable, but essential in the competitive and challenging working environment of today and my hope is that she has every success in her future studies and chosen career.”

Aoibhin has been awarded an Excellence Scholarship for giving up her time to make a significant difference to the lives of other people.

“When I found out I had been awarded a scholarship I was very happy and surprised as I didn’t expect it,” said Aoibhin. “It is great that something I enjoy so much has allowed me to receive this scholarship.”

Aoibhin hopes to continue volunteering with the SOS Bus at weekends when she returns home. She aspires to become a teacher so she can use and share the skills she has acquired through volunteering.

Click here for more information about studying for a degree in Early Years Education with QTS.