TWO young graduates have been put on the path to becoming teachers thanks to an education bursary from the Wiltshire Community Foundation.
Cassidy Hill saved for two years throughout her sixth form at Matravers School in Westbury, where she grew up, to take up a BEd degree in teaching at Winchester University.
But her single mother, who has two other children, couldn’t afford to help with the extra expenses needed on top of what was covered by the student loan.
The 21-year-old was awarded £1,500 for each year of the three-year course.
“The grant was an absolutely massive help because my mum just couldn’t afford to give me anything towards university,” she said.
“I had worked for two years while I was in the sixth form but it still wasn’t enough to cover my housing and food as well.
“Having the grant meant that I could travel home to see my family and it sounds so silly but being able to afford food and not worry about it was really important for my mental health.”