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"I will forever be grateful for the financial support" | Gerry Mason Scholars at the University of Salford offer 2020 update

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In 2015, the Gerry Mason Engineering Excellence Scholarships were established at the University of Salford, to help the brightest and the best in engineering flourish by offering financial support for their three-year courses.

The scholarships were named in honour of the late Morson founder Gerry Mason and since their foundation has seen three sets of student graduate, some of whom have ended up working within the Morson Group
After a challenging year in 2020, the University of Salford has offered an update on the progress of the current batch of students working towards degrees in Computer Science:
"We would like to thank you, the Morson Group, for your continued support of the University of Salford and our students. Your generosity has not only provided our University with the Morson Maker Space, a space which encourages and enables innovative collaboration and thinking, but life-changing scholarships.
As you are aware, the Morson Group Scholarships are invaluable to our students; not only do they provide financial support, they instil a sense of confidence in every one of our scholars, motivating them to reach their full potential.
Given the challenges of 2020, we are delighted to present a series of progress reports from some of our wonderful Mason Group scholars with you. Covid-19 has had a profound impact upon the lives of people around the world, but we are immensely proud of the perseverance of these talented individuals as they adjust to a new way of learning.
We hope you enjoy reading these updates and thank you once again, we hope you are as proud of them as we are." - The University of Salford 

Alisha Sadiq

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

"As a recipient of the Morson Group Scholarship, I am writing to update you on the progress of my studies thus far. I am studying BSc (Hons) Computer Science and I am currently in my second year of study.
I am sure you are aware, due to the ongoing pandemic, that all my modules have been moved online. This has been quite a challenge, with not only stepping up from first year to second year but with it all online. The lack of face-to-face interaction with both my peers and tutors can become frustrating, especially during workshops, and I do miss the group interaction I could have had. However, I feel I am more comfortable asking questions in lectures online. Moreover, I am able to save time that I would have otherwise spent on travelling to campus to finish off workshops etc. Although there has been some pros and cons to online learning, overall, I think that I am doing okay, planning my days to ensure all my work is completed on time.
All my exams have been replaced by assignments, I have already submitted a few and have a few assignments due before the Christmas break. I am looking forward to spending time with my family at Christmas, after what has been such a challenging year.
This scholarship has made me feel much more motivated to work hard and excel in my studies at university. Even during times where this online setting feels frustrating, to have a donor who believes in me and supports me is something that I am incredibly grateful for. Therefore, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the donor for their continuous support and belief in me.
Thank you for your investment in students like myself and in our education. By awarding me the scholarship, you are allowing me to focus on the most important aspect of university, learning. Continuing my studies wouldn’t be possible without generous support from scholarship donors like yourself. Once again, thank you for making this possible."

Calum Young
BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Cyber Security

"My studies so far this semester have been going ok, and I personally like the idea of online lectures as it allows me to go back and replay them so that I can get a better understanding.

One significant milestone this year is that I have recently been in the position to open my own business drop shipping. It is only because of the freedom the scholarship has given me that I have been able to save up and start this business, so a massive thank you to you for gifting it to me as without it, I don’t know where I would be today.

​Over Christmas, I will be spending time working on my business as I have free time away from the University. I am very much looking forward to semester two as, so far, this has been the most enjoyable year of study, with the best modules.

My scholarship has, without a doubt, been the most important thing to happen to me at University. It has given me freedom which I never thought I could have due to my financial situation when I started university, so I will forever be grateful for it as it has truly made my university experience the best it could ever be.

Thank you for gifting me this scholarship. Without sounding dramatic, the money really has changed my life as it has allowed me to truly enjoy the past three years without the stress of money always hanging over my head."

In 2019, University of Salford and Morson Group launched two new facilities featuring the latest industry-standard manufacturing technologies to enable students to learn real-world engineering skills in relation to design for manufacture, assembly and inspection, allowing hands-on practical experience to be a step-ahead of the average graduate.
All at Morson with our latest group of Gerry Mason Engineering Excellence Scholars the very best of luck for the rest of their courses, and look forward to hearing updates from them as they work towards graduation.


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