Lequan, a 2012 Amos Bursary graduate and currently works for an international public relations (PR) agency. After studying Biomedical Sciences and graduating from Royal Holloway University of London, he spent 6-months in The Gambia helping out on the Prevention of Liver Fibrosis & Cancer in Africa (PROLIFICA) project. On returning to the UK, he decided that he wanted to make a career change away from the laboratory. With coaching and mentoring from the Amos Bursary he applied and was successful. He became a Taylor Bennett Foundation apprentice, which prepares graduates for working in PR in the UK to help address the lack of diversity in the PR sector in this country.
Lequan has previously sat on the youth board for the Mayor’s Fund for London, a charity that targets child poverty by finding and funding the most effective projects in London and partnering with them to maximise impact. He featured in their Penny for London advertising campaign featuring on billboards across London. Penny for London is a revolutionary charitable scheme that aims to transform the prospects of disadvantaged young Londoners.
Lequan has also been a panellist alongside Karen Blackett OBE, Vanessa Kingori, James Walker and Sheekha Rajani at the 2015 Your Future Your Ambition (YFYA), which is an annually hosted at The Emirates stadium. He was also a judge for the 2015 Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards with his specialist category being Science Commentator of the Year.
“Our expectations were not just met; The Amos Bursary was much than we could ever imagine! We thought we would receive financial support and a light touch from our mentor, but the levels of support, the networking and the opportunities offered to us as disadvantaged young black men have been life changing.”
I attended events that I never thought I’d be able to go to, in venues which I had only heard or read about. I feel The Amos Bursary understands the students and works to help them individually as well as collectively.
Lequan has now joined the Amos Bursary Recruitment and Mentoring Committee