Over the past year the Chancerygate Foundation has been set up and gained charity status. With the launch of the website, and in collaboration with London South Bank University and Kingston University, three students were selected to be our first recipients for bursary support for their time at university.
We set up the Chancerygate Foundation to help break down the barriers facing those from African and Caribbean heritage backgrounds get into the real estate industry. We not only give our students bursaries to help with their everyday costs of being at university but also support them through mentorships and work experience – giving them an unbeatable introduction to the industry and all the support they need to turn it into a career.
In March we met up with the students, they had their professional headshots taken, visited the London Chancerygate office, met their new mentors, Matthew Storr, George Dickens and James Tinkler and we caught up over lunch on how their courses are going.
Here is a snippet from each of our current students about how the Chancerygate Foundation has helped them so far.
Kemi Omoyele, student at Kingston University
“My name is Kemi Omoyele. I am of Nigerian heritage and have been given the opportunity of being financially supported by Chancerygate Foundation. I am so thankful.
I feel like it’s really setting me up to succeed. I’ve got the chance to be the first one in my family to graduate from university, and I know my mum will be so proud of me; she is always wanting me to push myself and wants opportunities for me that she didn’t get.”
Mohamed Warsame, student at London South Bank University
“The Chancerygate Foundation gives a helping hand to support students from African or Caribbean backgrounds and provides us with a platform to build and pursue long term careers within the real estate industry. This allows me to focus and dedicate my time solely for study and not be diverted by work and thinking of how can I pay for my livelihood. It also keeps my parents at rest knowing that I am supported and relieving them of any financial burdens.”
Tyreece Phillips, student at London South Bank University
“My name is Tyreece, I grew up in Wolverhampton and come from a black Caribbean family. I have had the pleasure to receive support from the Chancerygate Foundation both academically and financially. In the environment I was surrounded in, it gave me the feeling that there were fewer ways to thrive and succeed. This is the reason I decided to focus on improving my life and acquiring a career so that my family has somebody to look up to and be a role model to my younger brother. I would like to say thank you, to all parties involved for this life changing opportunity, I’m going to the make the most of it and ensure efforts are reflected academically on my journey to become a building surveyor.”
The application process will start again later this year and we are certain we will find three more students eager to study for a career in the property sector. If you would like to apply, please click here.