Kent and Medway Medical School
What our scholars say
“Before I left for medical school, I was working in COVID Intensive Care as nursing support. Due to COVID, my husband had been put on furlough, and we had thought that I would be unable to start medical school this year because I would need to work to support our family.
The scholarship enabled me to start at KMMS as planned! It also means that during my studies, I am able to focus more holistically on learning and immersing myself in the journey without having to worry about being unable to afford tuition. The difference this makes to not only to me, but my family is immense. I will be the only one out of my parents and five siblings to attain a higher degree. Thank you so much for this life changing scholarship.”
“Thanks to this generous support I am the first generation in my family to attend university. As a black, female, Muslim growing up in a less-privileged community, I’ve experienced many financial and academic challenges. However, these experiences have also enlightened me to the value of education. Receiving this scholarship has given me the opportunity to fully concentrate on my studies and without this, students such as myself would be unable to pursue their dreams of becoming a doctor. I hope one day to also support a student through their education just as the Henry Oldfield Trust has supported me.”
“During my first degree, I was diagnosed with a rare medical condition and underwent major brain surgery a year later, to great success. During my two-year recovery, I relied on student loans to get by. People often say that everything happens for a reason, and my personal situation prompted me to apply for medical school admissions a few years earlier than I had planned.
The Santander Scholarship has made it possible for me to bounce back from my circumstances and enabled me to pursue medical school without the fear of financial burden. Each year there are so many like me; people with the drive to study medicine but financial circumstances that prevent it. I was extremely lucky, but so many aren’t.
With the support of the scholarship, you have given me the opportunity to fulfil a lifelong dream to give back to the NHS that supported me through a hugely tough period. I don’t believe anyone can put a price on that.”