Carolyn and Michelle in the home they now share

Michelle Ezeuko’s lifelong dream was to go to university to study Law.

But her future plans were dealt a devastating blow when she discovered that she could not access any student finance.

I came to the UK when I was nine. I’ve lived here over ten years. I found out that I couldn’t go to university.

Step in Carolyn Hayman, a SOAS graduate who got her master’s degree in Development Studies in 1975. 

My father was a refugee. He came to this country when he was twelve. My father’s brilliant career was only made possible by so many people helping him.

Carolyn heard of Michelle’s story through the SOAS Sanctuary Scholarships campaign, which helps displaced people cover tuition fees and the living costs associated with going to university.

When I saw the appeal from SOAS, I realised that I couldn’t give very much money but I did have this room.

A year later and Law student Michelle is now well on her way to achieving her ambition of becoming a lawyer. (She also knows far more about gardening than she ever thought possible!)

Ahead of publishing, SOAS Blogs learned that although the original plan was for Michelle to stay with Carolyn for a year, the pair decided it was too early to go separate ways and have signed up for another year.

Watch the full video made by Chouette Films below.

 

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