Community Scholarship

 Please note: Applications are now closed.

Key facts

Start dates

September 2022

Available to home or international students?


Study level


Award value


Number of awards


Application deadline

1 July 2022


The Oxford Brookes University Community Scholarship rewards those students who have overcome personal or social difficulties.

Priority will also be given to students who demonstrate that they have taken part in significant engagement in the community (including volunteering), or been a successful role model for other students.

Students who are successful in being awarded the Community Scholarship are given a one off payment of £1,000 in their first year of study. This money does not have to be paid back, as long as the student completes their course.


This funding is available to students studying on the following courses:

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be at a state-maintained secondary school or college in Oxfordshire, one of our Associate College Partnerships, Partner Schools or a Study Higher school/college. For more details, please see Eligible Schools and Colleges below.

Students are responsible for making their own application for the award but must nominate a teacher whom we can contact to obtain a supporting reference.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet all of the following criteria and must:

  • Firmly accept a place on either a full time three or four year degree course or a full time foundation degree course at one of our partner colleges as their first degree (students can apply for the scholarship before they firmly accept, but must meet this condition in order to receive the scholarship).
  • Agree to the community scholarship terms and conditions.
  • Hold UK citizenship.
  • Have made an online application to Student Finance England (SFE) and be eligible for an offer of funding (the offer does not need to be accepted but the applicant must have consented to share their information with Oxford Brookes when applying to SFE and must provide SFE with their bank account details).

In addition, applicants must also demonstrate that they meet at the following criteria:

  • overcoming of personal or social difficulties

You must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • you are a mature student,
  • you live in local authority care, or you have lived in care,
  • you are a young carer (ie. you're under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem),
  • you have a disability or specific learning difficulty,
  • you are of black or minority ethnic origin,
  • you have been eligible for free school meals in the last 3 years, and/or a sixth form bursary,
  • you have official refugee status in the UK, or you are an asylum seeker,
  • you live in a postcode area with low HE progression and/or high socio-economic disadvantage (by providing us with you postcode on your application, we will be able to check this),
  • you have been irreconcilably estranged from both of your birth parents,
  • your parent(s)/guardian(s) have served in the armed forces at any time within the past six years.

Priority will also be given to students who demonstrate that they have taken part in significant engagement in the community (including volunteering), or been a successful role model for other students.

The following schools and colleges are eligible:

  • any state-maintained secondary school or college in Oxfordshire,
  • our Associate College Partnerships,
  • our Study Higher schools/colleges,
  • our partner schools/colleges.

Eligible schools/colleges are as follows:

  • Abingdon and Witney College
  • Activate Learning, Banbury and Bicester College
  • Activate Learning, City of Oxford College
  • Activate Learning, Reading College
  • Andover College
  • Aureus School
  • Barking Abbey School, A Specialist Sports And Humanities College
  • Barnwell School
  • Bartholomew School
  • Barton Peveril Sixth Form College
  • Bath College
  • Bilborough College
  • Birmingham Metropolitan College
  • Blessed George Napier
  • Blessed George Napier Catholic School and Sports College
  • Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form
  • Bristol Brunel Academy (Cabot learning Federation)
  • Brockenhurst College
  • Buckinghamshire College Group, Amersham Campus
  • Buckinghamshire College Group, Aylesbury Campus
  • Buckinghamshire College Group, Wycombe Campus
  • Burford School
  • Cadbury Sixth Form College
  • Caludon Castle School
  • Carterton Community
  • Central Foundation Girls' School
  • Chadwell Heath Academy
  • Chase High School
  • Cheney School
  • Chipping Norton School
  • Chobham Academy
  • Christ The King Sixth Form College
  • City And Islington College
  • City of Bristol College
  • City Of Westminster College
  • Coulsdon Sixth Form College
  • Cranford Community College
  • Didcot Girls School
  • Dudley College Of Technology
  • Edmonton County School
  • Faringdon Community College
  • Featherstone High School
  • Finham Park School
  • Fitzharrys School
  • Forest Academy
  • Gateway Sixth Form College
  • Gillots School
  • Gloucestershire College
  • Gosford Hill School
  • Graveney School
  • Greenford High School
  • Halesowen College
  • Hamstead Hall Academy
  • Harris Academy South Norwood
  • Havering Sixth Form College
  • Heartlands Academy
  • Holyhead School
  • Icknield Community College
  • Itchen College
  • Jack Hunt School
  • John Cabot Academy (Cabot learning Federation)
  • John Mason School
  • Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
  • Joseph Leckie Academy
  • King Alfreds
  • King Edward Vi College Nuneaton
  • King Edward Vi College Stourbridge
  • King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy
  • King Henry School
  • Kingsbury High School
  • Lampton Academy
  • Langtree School
  • Larkmead School
  • Leyton Sixth Form College
  • London Academy Of Excellence
  • Lord Grey Academy
  • Lord Williams School
  • Loxford School
  • Luton Sixth Form College
  • Maiden Erlegh Chiltern Edge
  • Matthew Arnold School
  • Mayfield School
  • Milton Keynes College
  • Mulberry School For Girls
  • New City College
  • New College Swindon
  • New Rickstones Academy
  • Newham Sixth Form College
  • Noel-Baker Academy
  • North Oxfordshire Academy
  • Northampton Academy
  • Nottingham Girls' Academy
  • Nower Hill High School
  • Oaks Park High School
  • Ortu Gable Hall School
  • Outwood Academy Newbold
  • Oxford Spires Academy
  • Palmer's College
  • Plumstead Manor School
  • Preston Manor School
  • Richard Taunton Sixth Form College
  • Richmond-Upon-Thames College
  • Robert Clack School
  • Ruskin College
  • Sandwell Academy
  • Seven Kings School
  • Sidney Stringer Academy
  • Sir George Monoux College
  • Sir John Cass Foundation And Redcoat Church Of England Secondary School
  • Slough And Eton Church Of England Business And Enterprise College
  • South And City College Birmingham
  • St Angela's Ursuline School
  • St Birinus School
  • St Bonaventure's Rc School
  • St Brendan's Sixth Form College
  • St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College
  • St Dominic's Sixth Form College
  • St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College
  • St Gregory the Great Catholic School
  • St Paul's Catholic School
  • Stanmore College
  • Swanlea School
  • The Bicester School
  • The Cherwell School
  • The Cooper School
  • The Heathland School
  • The Henley College
  • The Henry Box School
  • The Marlborough Church of England School
  • The Nottingham Emmanuel School
  • The Oxford Academy
  • The Petchey Academy
  • The Ripley Academy
  • The Sixth Form College Farnborough
  • The Sixth Form College, Solihull
  • The Stourport High School And Sixth Form Centre
  • The Swan School
  • The Warriner School
  • Twyford Church Of England High School
  • UTC Swindon
  • Uxbridge College
  • Valentines High School
  • Wallingford School
  • Wanstead High School
  • Wembley High Technology College
  • Weston College
  • Wheatley Park School
  • Whitelands Academy
  • Wood Green School
  • Woodhouse College
  • Woolwich Polytechnic School
  • WQE and Regent College Group
  • Wykham Park Academy

Application process

To apply for this scholarship please complete the Community Scholarship 2022 Application Form by our new extended deadline of Friday 1 July 2022. Only applications completed in full will be accepted.

If you have any questions, please email

 Please note: Applications are now closed.

Terms and conditions

The following applies to 2022 entrants only:

  • Community Scholarships are only available to applicants who are currently studying at an eligible school or college (see above).
  • Students applying for deferred entry are not eligible for the Community Scholarship.
  • Applicants must firmly accept a place on either a full time degree or a foundation degree at Oxford Brookes University or one of our partner colleges.
  • Applicants for a stand alone top up course are not eligible.
  • Scholarships are only available to students studying for their first degree. Applicants who have already studied at another university will not be eligible.
  • Students are responsible for applying individually for the award.
  • The scholarship will be awarded at a rate of £1,000 in the first year of study only. Nominees must hold UK citizenship.
  • Scholarships will be terminated in cases when students are found to be in breach of the Student Conduct Regulations and have been subject to, and found guilty by, a disciplinary process which in the judgement of the University would warrant withdrawal of the Scholarship.
  • Payment of the Scholarship will cease from the date the student leaves or is withdrawn from their Brookes course.
  • In circumstances when a student changes programme or mode of study to one which falls outside the eligibility criteria, the student will no longer be eligible for the Scholarship.
  • Students must be in attendance on their Brookes course on the instalment dates in November and February to be entitled to both instalments.
  • Recipients of the Sanctuary Scholarship are not eligible for any other Brookes Bursaries or Scholarships except the Brookes Engage Scholarship, the Community Scholarship or the Santander Scholarship.