'My confidence has increased immeasurably and has taught me that no aspiration is too high, as long as I work hard enough for it.'
'Being the eldest, my siblings look up to me and all I want to do is set an example for them, to show them that what we live is not the only life to live out there.'
'Boarding at school during the week pulled me out of an often-stressful home situation.'
'Without Royal SpringBoard and without Rugby, I wouldn't have the confidence I have now and I definitely wouldn't be in the job I am now.'
'The Royal SpringBoard bursary has enabled me to make so many new friends and connections from all around and I can't imagine where I'd be without it today.'
'My experience at boarding helped me grow and find out more about myself and get the grades I am proud of.'
'Now I don’t think twice about having big dreams for my future career.'
'Through being a SpringBoarder and attending St Mary’s School, Cambridge, I have learnt to be more confident and independent both in and outside of my studies.'
'It has been incredible to watch those care-experienced children who attend Bede’s embracing the opportunities we have on offer.'
'I loved everything about boarding and my experience continued to get better and better.'
'The SpringBoard bursary opened my eyes to opportunities and experiences that I never knew existed.'
'Getting the scholarship showed my community that hard work and dedication can lead to great things, regardless of your postcode or any other circumstances.'
'The most significant lesson that I took from the experience was that there are no aspirations too high for anyone.'
'My aim is not only to improve my own life, but also become a role model for other young people just like me.'
'I am more confident now, inspired and have plans in the future to help people like me.'
'I was able to realise my own potential because I was around people who wanted to succeed like me.'
'Boarding school taught me to be self-assured in times of uncertainty, to have self belief when others didn't maybe believe in me.'
'Anything and everything that you need help with, there is someone more than happy to help you.'
'I was pushed by my peers and teachers to work harder and have more confidence in my own abilities.'