Bruna&Eduardo's Master's in England

Our names are Bruna Bon and Eduardo Zardo. We are international student-athletes from Brazil who just graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Before we got here we first went to another University in Missouri, and there we had to face some of the most difficult times in both our lives.

I (Bruna) had to undergo a knee surgery, after having my own coach denying me a medical consultation and doubting my diagnosis. Eduardo was under such amount of stress on his team from the same coach that he developed psoriasis and now is trying every known treatment. We both chose to leave that school and transferred to Sacred Heart, which was the best choice we could possibly have made.

After three years we made friends for life, we grew as individuals, dedicated ourselves both to volleyball and academically. Unfortunately, I was only able to play one season representing Sacred Heart due to NCAA compliance rules, and Eduardo played all three years leading the team as captain.

I (Bruna), have a double major in Marketing and Economics and graduated Cum Laude, and Eduardo has a double major in Finance & Economics.  We were both nominated to the Dean’s List for two years straight, and on our last semester we both got the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Economics Department. Sadly, our future here in the United States is very unpredictable since we are foreigners. We are constantly looking for jobs with no response and even with the help of our professors at Sacred Heart the task has showed itself as being nearly impossible.

Luckily, an amazing opportunity presented itself not long ago. Both of us were offered an athletic scholarship to continue our studies and get a Master’s degree at Durham University, in England. We are really excited about this but we have to be there in September. We are aware of the living costs in England so are currently doing all we can to raise money, such as sell all the items and furniture that we would not be able to carry with us and coaching volleyball camps. So, we thought that to put up a fundraiser would be a way to get more people involved in our situation and hopefully help us to achieve our goal.

The expenses are as follow: 

-          $450 Visa Application (£350)

-          $390 Health care surcharge (£300)

-          $900 Airplane Ticket to Newcastle

-          $7,400/year Food & Bills (phone, electric, gas) (£5,700)

-          $1,400 First Week Survival Cost (According to the university’s website estimates) (£1100)


Both of us have always dreamt on being able to help people, giving it back to our country, and hopefully to the entire world. Enhancing our academic knowledge and skills will take us closer to those goals. This opportunity will not show itself again and it is our best chance of achieving our dreams. Our deadline is approaching fast, September 28th is orientation day, and we must have everything settled by at least a month before.

All and any help will be deeply appreciated,


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