Tuesday, 28 February 2012
A midwifery student at the University of Worcester was shortlisted for a prestigious national scholarship offered by a leading charity for nurses.
Maria Soledad was selected from dozens of hopefuls from around the UK who applied for the recently launched Cavell Nurses’ Trust Scholarship Awards. She was shortlisted in the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.
Maria, a Spanish national, who has lived in the UK for 16 years, was diagnosed with dyslexia shortly after starting her degree.
“I kept on getting my letters and words mixed up but had always thought it was just a second language problem,” she said. “Being diagnosed with dyslexia was a revelation and has really helped me to get the support I need and to make real progress. Since then I have been getting very good marks in my assignments.”
Maria applied for the scholarship and made it through to the final 25, with five candidates shortlisted across each of the five categories.
“It was disappointing not to win, but I am so pleased to have even been shortlisted,” said the 36-year-old. “It is a huge achievement for me.”
Jasmin Rana, the Awards Co-ordinator, said: “The judges felt that the students were all of an exceptionally high calibre, which made the task of selecting the five winners and runners-up even more difficult. They were also very inspired by some of the individuals that were interviewed.”
Maria is in the final year of her midwifery degree, a career she had never considered or knew much about before a conversation with a friend.
“I had been working as an interpreter,” she said. “I didn’t know anything about midwifery until I was talking to a friend and then started looking in to it. It’s a wonderful job, very rewarding and I’m so glad I have had this opportunity.”