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  • Community Scholarships - September 2021 entry

    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.

    Being part of the Community scholarship is something that I am really proud of. It was evidence to me that my perseverance through a difficult stage in life and my hard work in college had been recognised and appreciated by the tutors. It gives me motivation to keep working to the best of my abilities.

    Chris Lewis, FdEng Motorsports - Performance and Automotive Technology.
  • 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:

    • 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 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

    In addition, 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.

    If an applicant is successful in receiving the Scholarship we would expect them to help with one or more of the projects we run to raise awareness about the opportunities there are in Higher Education. This may include, for example; returning to their school/college to encourage others to aspire to seek a place at university, supporting an event on campus or writing a profile about their experience.

    To apply for this scholarship please complete the Community Scholarship 2021 Application Form by Monday the 14th of June. Only applications completed in full will be accepted.

    If you have any questions, please email

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    Successful scholars will receive their Community Scholarship payments in two instalments in their first year of study, one instalment in November and one in February.

    Brookes will pay the Scholarship directly into the bank account for which the student has provided details to Student Finance England. In order for us to be able to award the Scholarship, applicants must 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 Brookes when applying to SFE and must provide SFE with their bank account details).

    No, this money does not have to be paid back as long as the student completes their course; see the terms and conditions for details.

    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 (Witney)
    Abingdon and Witney College (Abingdon)
    Activate Learning, Banbury and Bicester College
    Activate Learning, City of Oxford College
    Activate Learning, Reading College
    Andover College
    Barking Abbey School, A Specialist Sports And Humanities College
    Barnwell School
    Barton Peveril Sixth Form College
    Bath College
    Beechwood School
    Bilborough College
    Birmingham Metropolitan College
    Blessed George Napier Catholic School and Sports College
    Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School
    Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form
    Bourne End Academy (The Wye Valley School)
    Bradon Forest School
    Bridgwater and Taunton College
    Bristol Brunel (Cabot Learning Federation)
    Brockenhurst College
    Brooklands College
    Buckinghamshire College Group
    Burnham Park E-ACT Academy
    Cabot learning Federation
    Cadbury Sixth Form College
    Caludon Castle School
    Carterton Community College
    Central Foundation Girls' School
    Chadwell Heath Academy
    Chase High School
    Cheney School
    Chiltern Hills Academy
    Chobham Academy
    Christ The King Sixth Form College
    Churchfields Academy
    City And Islington College
    CIty of Bristol College
    City Of Westminster College
    Coulsdon Sixth Form College
    Cranford Community College
    Cressex Community School
    Denefield School
    Dudley College Of Technology
    Easthampstead Park Community School
    Edmonton County School
    Erith School (Now King Henry)
    Featherstone High School
    Finham Park School
    Forest Academy
    Forest School
    Gable Hall School
    Garth Hill College
    Gateway Sixth Form College
    Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology
    Graveney School
    Greenford High School
    Halesowen College
    Hamstead Hall Academy
    Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy
    Harris Academy South Norwood
    Havering Sixth Form College
    Heartlands Academy
    Highcrest Academy
    Holyhead School
    Isambard Community School
    Itchen College
    Jack Hunt School
    John Cabot Academy
    John Madejski Academy
    Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
    Joseph Leckie Community Technology College
    King Edward Vi College Nuneaton
    King Edward Vi College Stourbridge
    Kingsbury High School
    Kingsdown School
    Lampton Academy
    Leyton Sixth Form College
    London Academy Of Excellence
    Lord Grey School
    Loxford School
    Luton Sixth Form College
    Luton Sixth Form College
    Lydiard Park Academy
    Mayfield School
    Milton Keynes College
    Mulberry School For Girls
    Mulberry School For Girls
    New City College
    New College (Swindon)
    New College Swindon
    Gosford Hill School
    Newham Sixth Form College
    Noel-Baker Academy
    North Oxfordshire Academy
    Northampton Academy
    Nottingham Girls' Academy
    Nottingham Girls' Academy
    Nova Hreod
    Nower Hill School
    Oaks Park High School
    Outwood Academy Newbold
    Oxford Spires Academy
    Palmer's College
    Plumstead Manor School
    Preston Manor School
    Prospect School
    Ranelagh School
    Reading Girls' School
    Richard Taunton Sixth Form College
    Richmond-Upon-Thames College
    Robert Clack School
    Robert Clack School
    Royal Wootton Bassett Academy
    Ruskin College
    Sandwell Academy
    Sandwell College
    Seven Kings School
    Seven Kings School
    Sidney Stringer Academy
    Sir George Monoux College
    Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School
    Sir Herbert Leon Academy
    Sir John Cass Foundation And Redcoat Church Of England Secondary School
    Sir William Ramsay School
    Slough And Eton Church Of England Business And Enterprise College
    Solihull College and University Centre
    South And City College Birmingham
    South And City College Birmingham
    St Angela's Ursuline School
    St Bartholomew's 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 Joseph's Catholic College
    St Michael’s Catholic School
    St Paul's Catholic School
    Stanmore College
    Stantonbury Campus
    Swanlea School
    Swindon Academy
    Swindon College
    The Aylesbury Vale Academy
    The Bicester School
    The Brakenhale School
    The Bulmershe School
    The Commonweal School
    The Cottesloe School
    The Dorcan Academy
    The Grange School
    The Heathland School
    The Henry Box School
    The Mandeville School Specialist Sports College
    The Milton Keynes Academy
    The Nottingham Emmanuel School
    The Oxford Academy
    The Petchey Academy
    The Radcliffe School
    The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College
    The Ripley Academy
    The Sixth Form College Farnborough
    The Sixth Form College, Solihull
    The Stourport High School And Sixth Form Centre
    Trinity School
    Twyford Church Of England High School
    UTC Swindon
    Uxbridge College
    Uxbridge College
    Valentines High School
    Waddesdon Church Of England School
    Wembley High Technology College
    Weston College
    Wiltshire College
    Woodhouse College
    Woolwich Polytechnic School
    Wyggeston And Queen Elizabeth I College
    Wood Green School

    Aureus School
    Bartholomew School
    Burford School
    Didcot Girls School
    Faringdon Community College
    Fitzharrys School
    Gillots School
    Gosford Hill School
    Icknield Community College
    John Mason School
    King Alfreds
    Langtree School
    Larkmead School
    Lord Williams School
    Maiden Erlegh Chiltern Edge
    Matthew Arnold School
    St Birinus School
    The Cherwell School
    The Cooper School
    The Henley College
    The Marlborough Church of England School
    The Warriner School
    Wallingford School
    Wheatley Park School


    The following applies to 2021 entrants only:

    1. Community Scholarships are only available to applicants who are currently studying at an eligible school or college (see above).
    2. Students applying for deferred entry are not eligible for the Community Scholarship.
    3. 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.
    4. Applicants for a stand alone top up course are not eligible.
    5. Scholarships are only available to students studying for their first degree. Applicants who have already studied at another university will not be eligible.
    6. Students are responsible for applying individually for the award.
    7. The scholarship will be awarded at a rate of £1,000 in the first year of study only.
    8. Nominees must hold UK citizenship.
    9. 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.
    10. Payment of the Scholarship will cease from the date the student leaves or is withdrawn from their Brookes course.
    11. 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.
    12. Students must be in attendance on their Brookes course on the instalment dates in November and February to be entitled to both instalments.