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Bossis Kiese outside Richmond Building

Bossis Kiese

Sanctuary Scholarship Recipient

My Journey to Bradford

“I left my birth country of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010, arriving in the UK in June. Unfortunately, my asylum was at first refused, before I was granted a limited leave to remain in 2013 for me and my family.

“I chose to come and study at Bradford as there was a range of courses that fitted my interests, and the Sanctuary Support Scholarship that Bradford offered made a huge difference as I was not eligible for a student loan due to my immigration status. This scholarship supported me in my undergraduate here, and I am looking forward to completing my masters degree supported by the same scholarship. I am confident I will gain the skills to help to build a healthy nation.

What a Scholarship means to me

“Receiving this scholarship means a lot to me, and sometimes I am wordless to express my feelings of being selected. It is an opportunity which is not given to everyone. Honestly, without the scholarship I could not afford to self-sponsor my studies, and without the scholarship I would have given up on my ambitions of completing my academic journey. Thanks to the scholarship I can get the degree which will make me an asset in the job market. I always want to stand on my own feet, and so after I complete this course, I know that I will be able to secure a professional job and provide for my family.

Thank you

“I would like to heartily thank the University of Bradford and the supporters of this scholarship for their generosity in giving a chance to people for who the gateway to education would otherwise be shut. Through the actions of the sponsors supporting this scholarship they are changing people’s lives like me to better themselves in achieving something great in their education and their life.”

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