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FutureLearn Scholarship Winners Announcement

We're excited to present our winners of the FutureLearn Scholarship 2021 and discuss their future goals.

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Last year, we introduced you to the FutureLearn Scholarship. This was an incredible opportunity for passionate change-makers to offer their visions for the future and potentially become the first ever FutureLearn Scholars. 

We encouraged learners with big dreams and passions to apply to one of four categories: sustainability, coding, teaching, or mental health. They wrote to us explaining why they were inspired by their subject and how they were going to blaze a trail in it.

After sifting through over 10,000 applications from talented thinkers, our scholarship judging panel, including poet and mental health activist, Hussain Manawer, and climate scientist, Dr. Ella Gilbert, found four deserving winners. We look forward to helping them gain the skills, resources and mentorship to be able to fulfil their goals in their chosen fields.

As FutureLearn Scholars, they have won:

  • £4,000 of free learning from FutureLearn and The Open University. 
  • £1,000 to use for home study, specialist learning tools, or equipment.
  • 8 hours of world-class mentorship and coaching from leading industry experts.

We’ve also offered 100 runners up a free 12-month subscription to FutureLearn Unlimited – so they’ll receive limitless access to all of FutureLearn’s short courses for a whole year.

Introducing our inspiring FutureLearn Scholars

Our Mental Health Scholar: Gifty Amoateng

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We were impressed by Gifty’s commitment to the mental health education of children, and we’re looking forward to helping her train in psychology, education and mental health so that she can continue to help young people in her community.

In response to becoming a FutureLearn Scholar, she said, “Becoming one of the first scholars not only encourages me to dream on but has fulfilled my most important need in life. Hopefully [my] winning encourages others from West Africa too”. 

Our Sustainability Scholar: Nicholas Igenoza

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When Nicholas discovered he’d won a scholarship, he told us, “ I am delighted to be a FutureLearn Scholar. Riding on the wings of those who have gone years ahead of me, leveraging on their experience and guided by their advanced coaching skills will definitely impact my journey positively”. 

We can’t wait to see him launch an environmental awareness program in Nigeria, and we hope his training with FutureLearn will help him with his ambitions of engaging youths and mapping out strategies to prevent environmental pollution.

Our Tech and Coding Scholar: Gira Emmanuel 

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Online extremism is a serious global issue, and Gira impressed us with his ambition to train in cyber security and gain the critical skills he needs to tackle online radicalisation. 

In response to winning, Gira told us, “I am so excited to be among the first scholars of the FutureLearn Scholarship. I prayed for this to come to pass because, in my field of expertise, I need to enrich and refine my skills to match the trend and changing needs”.

Our Teaching Scholar: Nelly Porseva

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Nelly’s desire to continue learning new teaching methods for the benefit of her students was really inspiring, and we loved hearing about the peacebuilding practices she teaches students on a regular basis. 

She told us, “As a teacher, I am looking forward to using the resources of FutureLearn and the Open University and to promote the idea of lifelong education among my students and colleagues”. We’re all about lifelong learning at FutureLearn, so we can’t wait to help Nelly advocate for it!

Looking to the future

We’re excited to support these four deserving winners on their journey of gaining knowledge, pushing boundaries, and being pioneers in their fields.

With access to online courses created by world-class educators, alongside extra mentorship and benefits, we can’t wait to see where our scholars will go.


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