A YOUNG Wigan woman has been awarded a bursary to pursue her dreams of being a reporter.
Megan Bramall of Standish, has been awarded a Journalism Diversity Fund bursary following interviews with a panel of media professionals.
The 22-year-old, who has a one-day-a-week placement at the Wigan Observer/Evening Post offices, was one of six successful recipients to be awarded a bursary following interviews at the offices of the Brunswick Group in London.
She will be studying the NCTJ-accredited diploma in journalism course at News Associates in Manchester. The fund will cover her course fees and provide a monthly contribution to her living and travel expenses.
Megan had secured a place on the News Associates course, due to begin in September, but was unsure if she could afford the course, as even with her part time job at Regan and Hallworth Estate Agents, she was struggling to pay the £3,950 fee.
Megan, a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “I am very relieved that I won’t have to bare the financial burden of paying course fees and I am thankful to the diversity fund for offering such an opportunity.
“I think doing work experience won me some favour, as they were impressed with my portfolio of articles and so I am grateful to be given that opportunity.
“If I had not got the funding, I would probably have had to put the course on hold and work full time to raise the cash.”
The panel were impressed by Megan’s dedication and ability to secure a variety of work experience.
Bursaries are awarded four times a year to students in the UK accepted onto an NCTJ-accredited course from socially or ethnically diverse backgrounds.
The third group of bursaries for the academic year September 2013-August 2014 are now open for applications.
The deadline will be Wednesday July 17 at 5pm.