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Young pharmacy student is the heart of her community during the Covid-19 crisis

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Published on 27 April 2020

Pharmacy student Sydney Madu
Pharmacy student Sydney Madu

Sydney Madu, 24, graduates in 2021 from her Master of Pharmacy degree, and works as a health advisor for NHS 111.

“I work on the weekends during term time which helps me continue my studies,” says Sydney. “I am lucky to live with two other Sunderland students. We are surviving the lockdown together, and looking out for each other. It helps to have support from others who are going through the same thing.”

Sydney has been supported in her studies with DOSH (Development Office Scholarship) award. The Hope Winch Scholarship is specifically designed to support undergraduate pharmacy students.

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Sydney says: “The scholarship allowed me to remain focused on my studies, and also be involved in university life,” says Sydney. “I didn’t have to make compromises because of my finances. “I was able to volunteer with the University Rowing Club, and became vice-president, helping out with the club and coaching new members. I was able to balance my time studying and volunteering.

“The scholarship helped cover the costs of a job interview, such as travelling. It allowed me to continue to be active in the university community and seek out more opportunities.“