Thomas Harris, currently reading economics at Manchester Metropolitan University was randomly selected from nearly 1,000 entrants drawn from five universities around the UK which were recently visited by Future Finance, including Aston University, Imperial College, Queen Mary University, University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan, and University of Liverpool.
Thomas currently lives in a Manchester house-share with a group of fellow students and will not need to worry about the rent for this term. In September, he plans to move to Belfast to further his education by pursuing a Masters in Finance at Queen’s University Belfast.
Thomas said: “I’m really pleased to have won this competition. I will soon be moving to Belfast to do my Masters and since there’s much less government support available for postgrads, this will give my finances a much needed boost just when I need it the most.”
Brian Norton, Chief Executive of Future Finance, added: “We were delighted to present a hard working student like Thomas with a cheque to cover his rent for a term. Students are facing an increasing funding gap between the amount of financial support available and the rising costs of tuition and living expenses. At Future Finance our goal is to help students bridge that gap by providing loans specifically geared to their needs.”