Abigail: the impact on students
For Abigail, pursuing further study was not something she had previously felt able to do. She was the first of her family to go to university and, as the primary income earner in a household of four, the financial constraints of studying for a degree were a significant barrier.
Last year, Abigail was able to enrol in the BSc Computer Science course, with the help of support from the J&J Scholarship.
Reflecting on the support she has received, Abigail says,
There is no doubt that, had I not been offered this scholarship, I would not have been able to pursue this course. It has awarded me the opportunity to continue to support my family alongside my studies, without allowing the burden of fees to cause any barriers in my professional development.
“Technology has historically been a very male-dominated industry, so to be part of a small group of women who, hopefully, can pave the way for younger female generations, is something which I would take immense pride in.”
For many students like Abigail, a university education is not only an opportunity to fulfil their own potential and improve their lives, but also offers the chance to become part of the next generation of experts and make an impact on society.
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