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The James Pantyfedwen Foundation supports around 50 postgraduate students each year, those being either Masters or PhD students. Currently grants are for the payment of tuition fees, up to a maximum of £7,000 in each case. All subject areas are considered, and all institutions which have been approved by the Department of Education, but students must meet the qualifying criteria seen here.

Here are a few of the postgraduate students which have received Pantyfedwen grants over the last decade.

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Daniel Adams

In 2015, Daniel Adams received a Pantyfedwen grant to support his MRes course in Cancer Sciences at the University of Birmingham, and was grateful for the first real taste of what a research career entails. “Throughout this degree, I delved into the past and current therapies for cancer treatment as well as gained an in depth look at the true intricacies of cancer development and research. Through my time, I was able to undertake a cancer immunology research project entitled Investigating the Role of the Natural Killer Cells in the control of the Oncogenic Virus, The Epstein-Barr virus. This work enabled me to identify more about the world of cancer immunology and re-affirmed my commitment that cancer immunology is the potential hope for a cure that is so desperately needed. This Masters has indeed confirmed that research is my calling and I will endeavour to complete a PhD in Cancer immunology before going in to research within this field.”

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Holly Azad

I have recently completed my MSc in Performance Science at Royal College of Music, London. This Masters has prepared me for professional life through timekeeping skills, independent learning, skills in communication and clear presentation, and confidence to communicate my ideas and theories in a coherent and concise way. The multiple modules included Performance Psychology and Performing Arts in Health & Wellbeing, and my dissertation allowed me to explore the possible benefits of mindfulness practices to operatic singers so that future education of operatic singers is possibly enhanced so singers have adaptive coping strategies for the stresses of musicianship.

The enhancement of these skills has actually led me onto the first step of my career's path. Currently I am a Diary Co-ordinator at the Musician's Answering Service; a company which helps musicians and fixers get work. This is an incredibly vital step in my career as prior diary coordinators have gone on to work in management for the likes of BBC Symphony Orchestra.

This course has been vital to my professional and personal life and I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the Foundation for its help in achieving my Masters qualification, and enhancing both my future career and my personal life.

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Isabella Boorman

Isabella was awarded a Pantyfedwen grant to study her MA in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. “As someone who has a true love (and genuine obsession!) for art history, having the opportunity to study at the world’s leading centre for the study of art history and conservation was a life changing experience. I am incredibly grateful to The James Pantyfedwen Foundation for their support, which gave me confidence in my own abilities, and without which it would have been financially impossible for me to attend. I have worked for institutions such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and since completing my MA I have been fortunate enough to return to Wales to work in my current role as Curator of Art Exhibitions at Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, Cardiff. I am extremely proud and committed to promoting the art, culture and language of Wales”. Her first exhibition as curator (being Sidney Nolan and Graham Sutherland: A Sense of Place) is currently held at Oriel y Parc gallery, St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

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Jack Challinor-Jones

I have thoroughly enjoyed studying the MSc in Social Science Research Methods course at Cardiff University this academic year. I am currently writing up my Dissertation on minority groups' experiences of online hate speech on Twitter with the overall aim of gaining an understanding of the issues currently facing minority groups. I have gained valuable skills on how to conduct research of a high standard in the fields of criminology, education, sociology and in the social sciences more broadly. The skills gained will now enable me to embark upon further study to complete a PhD in Social Science with the hopefulness of pursuing a career in academia.

Without the James Pantyfedwen Grant towards tuition fee costs, such a career would not have been attainable. I am very appreciative to have been in receipt of the award, and as such, would like to thank the Foundation for allowing me to pursue a career I feel passionate about. 

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Carwyn Eckley

A year ago, I was very fortunate to be offered a grant by the James Pantyfedwen Foundation to help pay part of my MA tuition fees. This was an MA in Broadcasting Journalism at Cardiff University. It was good to know that I wouldn’t have to repay an even greater loan in due course, but the award also gave me some confidence as I faced some of the most challenging parts of the course itself.

Towards the end of the twelve-month course, I applied for a post with the Welsh-language BBC evening news programme, Newyddion 9. I started the job two months ago, and thoroughly enjoy working in a busy newsroom and being able to work through the medium of Welsh. I’m very grateful to the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for helping me secure a strong footing for my career, and I would encourage any student from Wales considering postgraduate options to apply for a grant.

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Lauren Evans

I am very grateful for the immense help and support I have received from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation over the last couple of years as I studied for my MA in the School of Welsh at Swansea University. 

This research on ‘Kate Roberts a’i Chyfoedion 1970-1985: Dylanwad ac Adwaith’ (Kate Roberts and her Peers 1970-1985: Influence and Response) has given me the opportunity to enhance my linguistic, literary and cultural knowledge in the field of the Welsh short story. I have also taken advantage of every opportunity to present my research to students and academics, contributing to symposia, research courses and conferences within Swansea University and beyond.

Since receiving the James Pantyfedwen award for the MA, I have been inspired to develop the study further, and have been able to change the MA into PhD study at Swansea University. I look forward to researching other important questions regarding the influence of Kate Roberts on her young Welsh peers and the reaction and response to that influence.

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Rhodri Evetts

The purpose of the research conducted as part of my Masters degree was to address a question that has remained unsatisfactorily resolved for over 200 years, the evolution of the unique pelage of the zebra. Over the course of my studies I had hoped to further our understanding of the evolution stripiness in zebra and humbly submit that I have done so. This would not have been possible without the support of the James Pantyfedwen Foundation.

My research took me to South Africa, specifically Addo Elephant National Park. While undertaking this work I became proficient in a number of field techniques that I had never had the chance to use in the U.K, and had a chance to indulge my love of watching wildlife whilst conducting fieldwork. This was a fantastic experience. The work in South Africa enabled my co-workers and I to collect a completely unique database of zebra within a national park, with over 90% of the population being captured in our sampling. This has enabled the question of the evolution of stripes to be addressed in the most direct form since it was first raised. It is my hope that I can, in the future, use this experience to better aid conservation efforts in the UK and hope to gain employment in the field.

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Iwan Grech

The grant I received from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation was a massive help to me. Without the generous contribution from the Foundation I would have struggled to pay for my tuition and would have needed an additional large student loan and a part time job while studying.

The Masters course in Nuclear Energy at the University of Cambridge offers modules ranging from highly technical engineering and physics modules to safety and policy decision making modules. The course also included trips to nuclear plants in the UK which gave me an insight into future careers that were available to me thanks to the Masters course and the grant towards my tuition fees.

The course also gave me the opportunity to undertake a nuclear materials module and I undertook a materials based project for my thesis working with Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) as my industry partner. This experimental experience was my favourite part of the course and the skills learnt are transferable into a range of research areas and industries.

Conducting my project in materials science has now led to me undertaking a fully funded PhD in materials science which will involve the use of equipment I gained experience and expertise using during my Masters project.

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William Hannell

The James Pantyfedwen Foundation provided a grant that went towards paying my tuition fees for studying an MA in International Relations at Kings College London. Studying the course has given me a perspective on international politics in a way that I could never have imagined, as well as introducing me to a whole new academic field and a heightened awareness of the forces that guide the world. I also had the opportunity to meet people from across the world as well as study in such a unique place as London. Professionally, it also opened up new opportunities for careers and professional development. In extra-curricular activities, I was also active, and was elected to be the student representative for my course. Doing this degree has also given me a greater idea of what career I want to pursue, and now consulting or working within a think tank are now the two paths that I want to pursue.

The grant that I received from the Foundation opened this all up. Without this financial support I would not have been able to do any of this nor had any of these opportunities opened for me. The James Pantyfedwen Foundation’s willingness to support me is what enabled me to do this in the first place and for that I am incredibly grateful.

  

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Mairi Houlgreave

As a direct result of funding from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation I was able to study an MSc in Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics, at the University of Birmingham. During my degree, I acquired skills in programming, data analysis and brain imaging. My research focussed on analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging data as part of my project titled ‘Differences in circadian phenotype functional connectivity predict measures of mental health, sleepiness and cognitive performance’. This opportunity has allowed me to integrate computational approaches with my knowledge of neuroscience and has solidified my enthusiasm for this field of research. 


I will be starting a PhD at the University of Nottingham in September, where my research will involve ‘Combining brain imaging and brain stimulation to deliver novel therapies for brain health conditions’.

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Teleri Hughes

Teleri Hughes from Llanrwst received a grant in 2016, and she reports having “an absolutely incredible year” studying on the MA Musical Theatre course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. “It gave me the opportunity to showcase myself to industry professionals, and finally pursue a career in acting. This wouldn't have even been achievable without the help of the James Pantyfedwen trust, and for that I am forever grateful.'

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Bryony James

I will always be grateful for the support I received from The James Pantyfedwen Trust in the form of a grant that funded my Masters course enabling me to study changes in lake ecology in proglacial lakes in Iceland and the impact of environmental change on them. This research is identifying the impacts of the environment and humans on our climate and will help us understand what may happen in the future. As a result of the funding I have developed my skills in research, analysing diatom species, and sample preparation which have provided new contemporary data investigating environmental change and proglacial lakes. I have also developed my confidence, working closely with academic staff at Keele University, writing up my findings and presenting them at a conference. I have also had the opportunity to demonstrate my skills to first year students. I am now seeking to continue my research looking for PhDs which investigate ecological change with glaciology.

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Tim Johnston

A grant from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation funded my studies at the University of Bristol, on their Masters course ‘Composition of Music for Film and Television’, from which I have recently graduated with a Distinction. Whilst there I studied a broad range of industry-focused topics – media music aesthetics, recording and production skills (based in the University’s professional-grade studios), audio-restoration, and the academic narratological analysis of film. I also studied contemporary classical composition during my time at Bristol, with Professor John Pickard, and I have had my music performed several times by a professional ensemble, as well as by a number of student and amateur performers. 

Studying on the course gave me invaluable skills for a career in the media industry, and I particularly benefitted from the access to professional equipment. I gained hands-on experience working on the music for a range of student, amateur, and professional film makers, scoring a wide variety of styles including animation, documentary, drama short, and a computer game. In addition to my curricular projects, I also took the opportunity to develop my interest in traditional music, culminating in producing my first EP with the folk trio I started at the beginning of the year (soundcloud.com/thenthdegreeuk/sets/consilience). Throughout the year, I also performed with several other ensembles; the University’s baroque orchestra (specialising in 17th and 18th-Century repertoire), and a student-led local church choir.

Looking to the future, I am continuing to develop my portfolio of work within media composition, and have already been commissioned for several projects through contacts I made over the course of this year. This includes my first feature film – a feature documentary, produced in Wales, on the life of 17th-Century theologian Matthew Henry. I am extremely grateful to the Foundation for facilitating this opportunity for me to pursue postgraduate study, and to develop my professional skills.

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Catherine Jones

Catherine Jones received a Pantyfedwen grant in 2016 to support her MA studies in Music at Bangor University, and she will graduate in the summer of 2018 with Distinction. Her research topic for the MA was Henry Brinley Richards (1817-1885), a composer and editor of the 'Songs of Wales'. Catherine has now progressed to study for a PhD, and is researching the music of the north Wales quarrying communities during the nineteenth and early twentieth century, in particular the communities associated with the Penrhyn and Dinorwig Quarries and some  of the smaller quarries in Blaenau Ffestiniog.

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Jessica Lloyd Jones

Following a first degree in Fine Arts in Staffordshire University, Jessica studied for a two year MFA Sculpture degree at the Edinburgh College of Art, and was awarded a Pantyfedwen grant to support her second year. Since completing her MFA, she has pursued a career as a practicing visual artist, working at the intersection of art and science - investigating concepts of energy and natural phenomena through the experimental use of materials and light to provide new perspectives on the world in which we live. Amongst her solo exhibitions have been Particles at the National Eisteddfod, A chemical Process at Oriel Mwldan Gallery, At the Edge of Light and Darkness at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre in Ireland, and Hidden Energies at Summer hall in Edinburgh. She has also received many commissions, contributed to many group exhibitions, been a residence artist in different parts of Wales, Ireland and New York and has been the recipient of various awards. Further details can be seen on Jessica’s website: http://www.jessicalloyd-jones.com/home

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Joanna Jones

Studying an MA in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University helped to improve my technical skills and gave me an overview of the publishing industry. I had the opportunity to meet a number of industry professionals and apply their wisdom to my own work; to workshop short stories and poetry with my classmates; and to complete a short, research-based novella under one-on-one supervision. I was also able to participate in a group tour and talk in the National Library of Wales archive, and to order specialised texts for my research through the Hugh Owen library. These opportunities would have been both scarce and prohibitively expensive if not for the course and the James Pantyfedwen scholarship.

Beyond the particular activities of my MA, a further year in full time education allowed me more time to build up my CV, holding a casual job in a bookshop and another as a student mentor. I was also able to use my free time to work on additional writing projects, and as such was lucky enough to secure a place on the Literature Wales mentoring scheme for 2018. The year spent on my MA was truly transformative.

Following submission of my final writing assignment, I have secured a role with the Civil Service’s Surge and Rapid Response Team in Cardiff. Alongside my new employment, I plan to continue working on my writing. I would like to thank the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for their generous scholarship: the additional skills and experience gained over the course were essential in securing my ideal job and made for an incredibly rewarding year.

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Rhian Wyn Jones

I am extremely grateful to have received a grant from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for 2017-2018. I am a student from Wrexham, and completed my undergraduate History degree at the University of Chester (2017). Receiving the grant helped me to progress to postgraduate study at King’s College London, where I have just completed an MA in Early Modern History. The degree programme encompassed a range of stimulating modules, many of which drew upon the latest developments in historical research, and allowed me to engage with academics whose specialisms reflect my own interests. For my postgraduate dissertation, I undertook a study of men and women who corresponded about philosophical, theological and literary issues during the seventeenth century. Having received my provisional grades, I hope to be graduating with a Distinction.

Having access to London’s diverse cultural institutions, museums and heritage sites greatly enhanced my studies and broadened my intellectual interests. On a more personal level, being able to study in London has greatly increased my self-confidence, and allowed me to experience life in a vibrant and dynamic city. For part of the year, I worked as a tutor at a secondary school in East London, and I was also part of the KCL University Challenge team.

I hope to pursue a career in the museum and heritage sector or higher education, using the knowledge and skills I have developed over the course of my postgraduate degree to inspire others about history.

Being a recipient of a grant from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation has provided me with a great sense of support and encouragement throughout this year.

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Eve Kelly

I developed many of my existing research skills on the MA in Language and Linguistics at Cardiff University. The independence that postgraduate study allows helped me to realise my full academic potential. Having an MA, I hope, will be an achievement that separates me from the crowd. The diligence and dedication needed to be successful at postgraduate studies certainly prepares you for being a valuable future employee. I am so grateful for the scholarship I received as I would not have been able to fund my studies. Thank you!

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Charlotte Moody

My year spent at Lancaster University completing my Masters in History has been immensely rewarding. I have been able to focus my research on a topic of great interest to me, namely that of medieval European royal divorce, in my dissertation with the help and support of my supervisor. Outside of this research, I have learnt medieval Latin as a module for my course, which will be of great use to me in further research projects. 

Furthermore, I completed two work placements, in a primary school and in a heritage organisation, which have given me an insight into two potential career paths.

I am now taking a year off while I consider my options for PhD study. The support of the James Pantyfedwen Foundation has been invaluable in funding my masters study and allowing me to further my academic potential.

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Gwyn Owen

Gwyn Owen from Bangor was awarded a grant in 2015 to complete an MA course in Performance (trumpet). “With the financial support I received from the Pantyfedwen Foundation, I was able to complete my Masters course at the Royal Academy of Music, which gave me the confidence to start a career as a professional musician. I was fortunate to be offered work with a professional orchestra, and the opportunity to prepare for this with the college tutors was very valuable. I spent a year with my main commitment being one of two leading trumpeters with the Southbank Sinfonia. I now work regularly as a soloist and with brass ensembles, and have also started a trial period as a trumpeteer with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra." 

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Beverley Pickard-Jones

My Master’s project in the School of Psychology at Bangor University aimed to isolate the neural correlates of the Light Source Bias - a bias in visual perception that leads people to assume that light comes from an above-left position of the apex of an object, and is thought to result from hemispheric asymmetry. Hemispheric asymmetry means that one side of the brain is specialised to perform certain functions and therefore dominates the other side during normal processing. A well-known example of hemispheric asymmetry is language function, which is lateralised to the left hemisphere.

There is evidence to suggest that the Light Source Bias is right-lateralised, particularly in young, Western adults.  I aimed to test the theory that a particular cortical region, the right hemisphere intraparietal sulcus, is dominant in orienting visuospatial attention, and could therefore be responsible for the leftward Light Source Bias in young people. Using transcranial magnetic stimulation to disrupt functioning in this region. I expected to see a reduced leftward bias after stimulation; however, no statistically significant results were observed. Though this is not the result we had hoped for, the experimental process revealed a number of theoretical and methodological considerations that will be important to consider for future work in this area.

Receiving a grant from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation enabled this work to be carried out, and my funded PhD will continue this research. As I would have been unable to fund this course myself, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to you. Diolch yn fawr iawn.

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Stella Pryce

In 2017/18, I received a James Pantyfedwen grant to support my MA in English Literature at Cardiff University. I was extremely grateful to receive this grant and without it, I would have been unable to afford the necessary costs of my course at Cardiff. This English Literature MA was an extremely enriching academic and personal experience for me. I was fortunate to be able to develop a breadth of knowledge from my core taught modules. These modules included: ‘Violent Death in Renaissance Drama’, ‘Postcolonial Brontë’, ‘Constructing Shakespeare’, ‘Spectral Femininities’ and ‘Advanced Research Methods’. The diverse scope of these modules informed my wider knowledge of historical, linguistic and cultural perspectives across a wide range of English Literature. However, I was also able to develop a specific depth of understanding in relation to my final chosen thesis: ‘The Living Spectre of Girlhood: An Examination of Girls’ Spectral Identities in the Postcolonial Literary Context’. In this research, I was able to utilise high level research skills and I truly embraced the opportunity to develop as a researcher and textual critic. I also highly valued immersing myself in Welsh culture again and was able to engage with some leading academics and post graduate students at Cardiff University.

Since receiving my James Pantyfedwen grant, I have been fortunate to graduate from my MA with a Distinction and have continued to pursue a PhD at the University of Cambridge. My research is based within Children’s Literature and my PhD thesis is directly informed by the academic community I participated in during my time at Cardiff. I am fortunate to have been awarded a fully funded ESRC studentship and I am beginning rigorous academic training to pursue my lifelong dream of entering a career in academia. This experience and educational development would not have been possible without the James Pantyfedwen Scholarship Grant and I thank the Trustees for their help and support in making this possible.

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Callum Smith

I was fortunate enough to receive a Pantyfedwen grant towards my MA degree in Modern History at Aberystwyth University in 2017/18. The grant enabled me to continue my research into the world of Georgian caricature and Foxite politics. Given the interdisciplinary nature of my research, funding is not always forthcoming, but the James Pantyfedwen Foundation gave me the opportunity to prove the value of interdisciplinary research and I am predicted to achieve a distinction in my MA degree as a result. Most significantly however, the Pantyfedwen Foundation’s grant gave me an invaluable springboard for PhD research. Thanks to the opportunities awarded to me by the Foundation I was able to present a solid PhD proposal to the SWW DTP and I am now in receipt of a full three-year studentship at Bristol University. I intend to pursue a career in academia following the successful completion of my PhD, and I will forever be indebted to the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for their generosity and support.

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Lowri Thomas

Lowri Thomas plans to make a living in and through music as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player within an orchestra of national and international standing. “Through the generous support from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation to study as a postgraduate Violist at the Royal College of Music, I have been given the opportunity to achieve excellence in my playing and technical expertise and built upon the knowledge I have acquired over the four years of undergraduate study. In my future career, I want to join a professional orchestra, such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, and aim to encourage others with my musical ambitions and give back as much support as I received to inspire the next generation of artists.”

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Sophie Williams

'I was extremely fortunate to receive funding from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for the duration of my doctorate. Their generous donation enabled me to fulfil my dream of postgraduate education and to pursue my scholarship into Welsh and Basque national identity to its fullest potential, generating peer-reviewed articles and a forthcoming monograph. Since completing my studies, I have qualified as a languages teacher and now work in the Civil Service, where I continue to benefit from the research skills gained through my doctoral investigation. I am extremely grateful to the Foundation for their support,without which I would have struggled to fund my PhD.'

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Nicholas Witts

Having come to the end of my time studying my MSc in Science, Media and Communication, at Cardiff University, I can wholly say that it has been a year that has benefited me in terms of knowledge development and in terms of developing new practical skills that will be transferable to the workplace.

Having studied journalism at undergraduate level, the prospect of engaging with science and the hard sciences was something I was both excited and nervous about. It has given me the chance to engage with topics I previously would never have engaged with, and it has no doubt opened more doors for me. As a result of this aspect of the course, I have been able to undertake a period of freelance written work concentrating specifically on health writing.

The practical skills I have learned on the course have also allowed me to set up my own blog and website which I am actively writing on at the moment as I look to build up a portfolio of written work on my area of passion, climate change. The website is available at: https://nickwittspublishing.wordpress.com.

After I complete and submit my dissertation I will be starting another period of freelance work for the Dow Jones. My role will encompass writing up due diligence reports for sporting establishments and analysing risk. I am particularly excited to get started, and its especially suitable given my dissertation largely centred around the idea of risk.

The grant from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation is something I am extremely grateful for as it made continuing in higher education possible.