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Manchester High School for Girls

The
Bursary Fund

Once a Manchester High School Girl
Always a Manchester High School Girl

Bursary Recipients

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A Manchester High girl has the confidence to be herself and always has the courage of her convictions.

Ebubechi Okpalugo

In the future, I would like my opinion of the world to be valid. I want people to take my opinion seriously and to have a voice that matters.

This has always been my experience at Manchester High School for Girls and I hope that outside of the school walls others will be ready to listen; I do love to talk after all!

The whole culture of Manchester High is one where girls and women build each other up. We support each other. A Manchester High girl has the confidence to be herself and always has the courage of her convictions.

The bursary fund enabled me to become a Manchester High girl in Year 7 when my dad was working abroad and we were reliant on just my mum’s nursing salary. Thankfully by Year 8 my dad had found work in the UK and our financial situation had changed but without the assistance I received from the bursary fund I may have never become a Manchester High girl.

People are surprised to find out I have been offered a place to study Medicine at the University of Oxford. Surprised because one of my favourite subjects is in fact Art; perhaps not the typical A-level choice of a future medic. This unexpected route to Medicine is actually very ‘Manchester High’ of me. The School encourages you to pursue your passions, whatever they may be, as they make you who you are. I feel so privileged to have been given the space and time to explore my creativity alongside my academic endeavours.

One of my best friends, Georgia, is also a bursary recipient and, while I don’t like to think it, it’s fair to say that without the bursary fund we may never have met. Georgia is spontaneous, wonderfully weird and an incredibly loving person. I’ve known her since Year 7 and I expect I’ll know her into my seventies and beyond. Manchester High School for Girls has not only set me on the path towards an exciting future but it’s also given me lifelong friends to share that future with.