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Holly Welsby (U16) is from Accrington, Lancashire and attended state comprehensive St. Christopher’s before moving to Burnley College to complete her A levels. She is a final year Psychological and Behavioural Sciences student with a particular interest in psychopathology and the psychology of relationships.
Holly has been the recipient of the James Barton Cambridge Bursary for each of her three years at Cambridge and she is very conscious of the impact receiving the funding has had on her time at Churchill.
I have been fortunate enough to receive an annual bursary and the benefit this has given me has been huge. Not having to worry (too much) about whether I will have money for all the necessities at university has taken a huge burden off my shoulders (and off my mum’s shoulders!) which I am so grateful for.
Whilst she is clear that she would have taken up her place without the bursary she knows she would have struggled to have covered her accommodation and living costs and she would definitely not have been able to participate fully in Cambridge life by joining in with any social events.
Because of the bursary support I have received, I have always been able to pay for accommodation, living costs and leisure activities. Having enough money for leisure activities is extremely important because Cambridge is so much more than academia: it is theatre shows, music concerts and May balls, too!
Holly greatly values the diverse and welcoming community that is fostered at Churchill and points to the highlight of her time thus far as being the meeting and making of friends for life. In her spare time Holly likes to read, travel, do arts and crafts, and spend time with friends.
Looking ahead to beyond her current studies she would like to gain experience of working with vulnerable people who require extra support before undertaking additional specialised psychology training so she can offer therapies to help those whose wellbeing or mental health is suffering. She is also very keen to help communicate the value of the funding she has received during her time at the College, to ensure that others like her can continue to access the opportunities available.
Churchill once ended a speech with “‘Come then, let us go forward together”, and from this, the college has its motto – ‘forward’. The goal of the college is to encourage and enable social mobility, however this cannot always be achieved alone- the generosity of donors is crucial to giving some young people a way into the system, and a way up. “Let us go forward together.