A thank you letter from Miriam Nguyen

First year Law student and New Futures Fund Scholarship recipient

I am so fortunate to have been awarded a New Futures Fund Scholarship: it has enabled me to go to university, alleviated my financial burden and allowed me to focus on my studies.

Miriam Nguyen

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Dear donors,

I would like to express my profound gratitude for your generous support. The New Futures Fund Scholarship has transformed my life.

I was abandoned by my mother at birth. My father had to flee to England due to the complicated political situation in Vietnam when I was only three years old. So, I was raised in Vietnam by my paternal grandparents who were old and in poor health. The absence of my parents as a child made me different, and I was bullied and harassed at school. This filled my childhood with fear, shame and embarrassment.

Since I arrived in the UK as a refugee in 2017, I have been given many life-changing opportunities to develop my academic potential. The kindness and support, first from the Dover Grammar School for Girls and, latterly, from all the staff at LSE have been metamorphic. Within one year of my arrival to the UK, I achieved outstanding GCSE results. I studied hard for my A-levels and, despite the complicated and unstable situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year I gained exceptional A-Level grades. This experience provided me with a strong intellectual basis to embark on my journey at LSE.

However, during the summer I was distressed and anxious about my future because, while I am now reunited with my father, we are still a fragmented family and my father is on a very low income. His business was required to shut due to COVID-19 restrictions, so we have suffered extreme financial hardship and struggled to afford even basic necessities. I felt hopeless and I was not sure whether I would be able to go to university.

And then you intervened

I am so fortunate to have been awarded a New Futures Fund Scholarship: it has enabled me to go to university, alleviated my financial burden and allowed me to focus on my studies. I prioritise expenditures so that I can acquire any vital learning materials. I have purchased a good laptop (for the first time ever) to support my progress and I have also bought all the necessary books that are compulsory for my course. I am commuting from Dover and my classes start at 8am. The train tickets are expensive but, fortunately, your generous gift helps me cover transport costs. Furthermore, I will not be cold or hungry this winter because I can now afford for a new warmer coat and everyday essential food. Thank you.

The first term at LSE has been challenging, but I have received tremendous support from all of my teachers, academic mentors and friends. I strongly believe that my ability to quickly adapt to the new academic environment will help me overcome this period of instability. I truly value the precious opportunity I have been given to study Law at LSE. I have a genuine passion for pursuing a career in human rights and my ambition is to help others in vulnerable situations so that they are treated equitably, with justice and humanity. I hope I can contribute to build a better and more civilised society in the future.

I fervently hope that I can flourish at university, because I want to use my education to repay society for this opportunity. LSE is a truly prestigious institution with an excellent global reputation in the social sciences.  One of the most impressive things about the School is its diverse and respectful community, and I have felt warmly welcomed. I believe LSE will provide exceptional opportunities and the support I need to excel in my chosen field.

Thank you again for your generosity and for transforming my life. Your golden heart and thoughtful manner have inspired me to help others who are less fortunate than me and give back to the community.

I am looking forward to the possibility of meeting you and saying a big ‘thank you’ to you.

Kind regards,

Miriam Nguyen
(LLB 2023)