Tuition and Project Funding for Masters

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Tuition and Project Funding for Masters
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Completion Date: Mon 15 Nov 2021

A short summary of your project

I'm raising funds to support my Masters in Data Science and Statistics at the University of Exeter.

Who are you?

Hello there, My name is Tom. I'm a 29 year old from India who aspires to have the opportunity to make a change in the lives of others. Currently, finances are standing in my way of getting there. I have found that the area I excel in is in Math and Technology, and hence that's why, I've applied and thankfully received an offer to study at Exeter. I'm currently in India waiting on obtaining funds which if possible, would enable me to dedicate all efforts to obtaining a degree. 

Your story

I will be very transparent here so you know that honesty is important to me. As you have read, I am 29 years old and hence, far older than the majority of students enrolling in Masters. This disqualified me from a lot of scholarships and I have been forced to find alternative means of funding. I had also performed poorly in my undergraduate degree many years prior which put me at a disadvantage further. Even though this was many years before and I have changed tremendously in dedication and pursuit of goals since then, the grades have constantly hurt me in my pursuit and had me rejected from many opportunities. 

Despite this fact, I have pursued deeply in my passion for technology and secured an offer from Exeter. Even though I had a slower start to finding my passion, I have always had a heart to help others in any means possible. I have been involved on engineering projects in Honduras where we worked on delivering alternative low-cost water filters that would deliver clean drinking water to many rural communities.

Over the past few years, I have been working constantly in understanding technology. The reason I want to study Data Science and Statistics is to help others using the power of data. Given the trajectory of our world, I can see it being a useful tool in many circumstances. A particular area of focus that I'm interested in is the health sector. My mother, a nurse, was a very caring woman herself. As a child, I have spent a lot of time in hospitals where I watched the staff work tirelessly to help the public. I have also noticed issues within the hospital systems where care doesn't reach the needy within the appropriate time. These issues spread towards larger scale issues of healthcare access within our communities. One group that suffers usually are the homeless and the underprivileged. My aim is to reduce the roadblocks that stand in the way between the needy and the provider. 

The University of Exeter is one of the 13 institutions in the UK that are partnered with the Alan Turing institute, a non-profit organization that works on the latest research in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. The University also offers access to their own research centres such as the IDSAI and the Q-Step Centre. I have already reached out to professors regarding opportunities to conduct research in the healthcare area. Your help will help me access these resources and help start work on areas that would help the general public. 

Where will the money go?

  • Tuition Costs - £24,500 + £4,900 Being an international student, I am required to pay twice the amount of a local and hence, the costs of attending are quite high. Please see details here.
  •  Living Costs - I aim to live as cheaply as possible. Hence, why I have not added it to this project but this would result in another £ 8000 - 10000 per year. 

The £10,000 minimum requested will allow me to just get started and be able to cover the expenses of the first year of studies. 

Rewards

  • If I'm able to secure funding, I will document all my research on problems within the health sector. All detailed updates on my progress will be made available to you.  

Find us here

I routinely blog about my attempts to improve in areas related to Data Science. You can find me on Medium at tomthomas.medium.com

Help us succeed!

  • I deeply appreciate all your help and it would push me tremendously to pursue these goals. 
  • Please do help in any way possible. Share this with others if you think someone may be able to help.
  • Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart.