Little-known scholarships can ease the pain for shoestring students and their families.
Whether it’s a lot or a little, a scholarship will always look good on your son or daughter’s CV. The cost of a university degree – or Further Education for over 19s – has skyrocketed. A degree is now estimated at £75,000. So surely all youngsters aiming for serious qualification or University education should be discussing schemes, awards and bursaries with their teachers and parents.
When it comes to scholarships and grants Tiger Moms know all the directories that list school and higher education scholarships. So if you know one, pump one!
There are some scholarships that even the most ferociously ambitious Mom may not have sunk her claws into, though.
Many thinking teenagers favour a meat-free diet. The Vegetarian Charity will provide a one-off award of up to £500 for a student in financial need, as long as they promise not to eat any meat. As part of the grant application, the Trustees will “look to see a clear commitment by applicants to a vegetarian or vegan diet”.
The highly prestigious Desmond Tutu Scholarship offers up to £8,000 per year for five students in financial need who are committed to helping the developing world. Applicants must submit a statement showing their proven dedication and “a strong desire to develop skills that, on graduation, they can apply in practical ways to build better futures for disadvantaged peoples around the world”.
How about this one? The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust offers bursaries of up to £3,000 a year to UK students who are the son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a grocer – or indeed a chemist or travelling salesman – and are in need of financial support.
Arts careers network IdeasTap is offering one lucky arts and music would-be £9,000 for a brilliant idea that would improve its service. The best scheme or service winner will have the cash paid directly to the Student Loans Company.
Inevitably, scholarships favour more difficult / practical subjects. Engineering fares well, for sixth form and university sponsorship schemes. There’s the Arkwright Scholarship Scheme, for example. For outstanding 16 year olds deep into Design and Technology at school the benefits include:
- Nationally-recognised Scholarship
- £600 personal financial award / £400 school financial award
- Personal development
- Support from your Sponsor
- Industry-based engineering experience days
- University-based VIP Receptions
- Early notification of national competitions
- Network with like-minded students
Make sure the school is affiliated with Arkwright (it’s easy and free). For extra help with all or any scholarship applications and interview coaching go to Contact Me
For more information check The Scholarship Hub