Marcus Merriman Travel Grants
Marcus Merriman was the Principal of Pendle College in 1982 and 1983. The travel fund established in his name allows Pendle students to broaden their horizons, experience other cultures, develop their skills and self-confidence, and make a positive difference in some way. For example, students who have been awarded travel grants in the past have helped in orphanages, schools and medical centres in developing countries, organised or taken part in cultural exchanges, and volunteered on conservation projects, in museums and at historically important sites. Your travel does not have to be overseas in order to qualify, but grants are restricted to non-academic activities. Marcus Merriman travel grants are typically less than £150 and are intended as a small contribution towards your overall costs. Unfortunately, things such as such as travel to job interviews or participation in trips of field visits which are part of your degree course are not covered by this particular scheme.
Students who are awarded a travel grant will receive the funds in advance of their trip, on condition that they provide the College with a short 200-300 word report when they return. If the trip does not take place or if a report is not submitted, students must repay the funds.
To apply for funding please write a letter, addressed to Becky Case, giving dates of travel, full details about the purpose of the trip and outlining what you hope to achieve. Bring the letter along to Pendle College Office when complete.
For inspiration, here are some previous winners of grants:
Dear Dr. Watson,
This is a short report to inform you of my time in South East Asia, as well as thank you for awarding me the Marcus Merriman Grant. During my nine week trip I visited three countries: Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Each country had a rich culture and history, all of which have inspired and educated me about the world. Vietnam is a very proud nation and is especially welcoming to tourists. We were even invited to a Vietnamese family’s house for dinner which offered a unique insight to normal life in the country. Having learned some of the language, I was eager to try it out only to learn that the country has over 50 dialects and many of these use different words and phrases. However, I had a small amount of success. Vietnam is filled with beautiful nature which was incredible to see, such as the mountainous rice paddies of Sapa and the mysterious islands of Ha Long Bay.
Cambodia was definitely the poorest country we visited, with poverty apparent at almost every turn. It also has a dark history, with over a third of its population being wiped out by the communist dictator Pol Pot. I feel that this history has created a compassionate culture in Cambodia, and the country is determined to never relive the past. The Killing Fields Museum was an incredibly moving experience which highlighted the horrors of a tyrant ruler.
Thailand, in contrast, was the most developed country. This became quickly apparent as the rugged simplicity of Cambodia was replaced by the ultramodern mega-city of Bangkok. The capital is home to 12 million people which makes it manically busy and exciting. After Bangkok, we made our way to Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand where we got to spend a day at an elephant sanctuary. Elephants are very gentle and mindful of humans and so are far less intimidating than their size would suggest. To finish the trip, I made my way alone to the islands in the south of Thailand. They were a beautiful and relaxing place to end an awesome journey.