Case Study: Meheret

My name is Meheret and I was born in Eritrea in 1994. My mother passed away during childbirth and unfortunately I have no siblings. My father was an engineer who managed to secure work in Egypt for a private company. After living in Egypt for several years we had to leave and return to Eritrea due to my father falling ill.

Shortly after returning to Eritrea, I had to leave once again due to religious conflicts. After a long journey and crossing many borders I arrived in England in 2011. When I came here I had no family or friends. Luckily I was supported by Westminster City Council as a ‘looked after’ child.

"I no longer have to worry about my living expenses whilst at university as the scholarship covers this."

Whilst studying BTEC Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering at City of Westminster College, I realised that Civil Engineering was what I wanted to do as career, so I applied for the Civil Engineering course at Kingston University in 2015. I was very happy when I got accepted on to the course but worried at the same time, as we all know living in London is extremely expensive. I was informed about a scholarship award designed to help fund people like me from low income backgrounds whilst studying at university. I applied for the scholarship with little hope that I would be chosen. However, to my excitement I was. Thanks to the Sir Simon Milton Foundation who generously awarded me a £10,000 Scholarship, I no longer have to worry about my living expenses whilst at university as the scholarship covers this.

As one of only three women on my course I was determined to succeed in the field of civil engineering and with living expenses no longer being a burden, I can now concentrate and give 150% to my studies. I am sincerely grateful to the Sir Simon Milton Foundation for giving me the chance to get closer to achieve my goals and dreams. I would recommend others to apply for the Sir Simon Milton Scholarship as it really has helped me in so many ways.

Image © Alice Rosenbaum