Community Scholarships - September 2018 entry

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  • Community Scholarships - September 2018 entry

    Applications for the Community Scholarship 2018 are now closed.

    The Oxford Brookes University Community Scholarship rewards those students who have taken part in community engagement, either within their school or college or local community and/or students who have overcome personal or social difficulties.

    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 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
    • 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 least one of the following criteria:

    • overcoming of personal or social difficulties
    • engagement in the community including volunteering
    • being a successful role model for other students.

    Priority will be given to those who meet one or more 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
    • you are disabled or have a specific learning difficulty
    • you are of black or minority ethnic origin
    • your parent(s)/guardian(s) did not attend university
    • you are eligible for free school meals
    • you are a student on our Brookes Engage programme.
    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.
    Applications for the Community Scholarship 2018 are now closed.

    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
    • one of our Associate College Partnerships
    • one of our Study Higher schools/colleges
    • students from The Oxford Academy are eligible for an additional Hamilton Oxford Academy Scholarship (please see details below for more information)

    Our Associate College Partnerships and Study Higher schools/colleges are as follows:

    • Abingdon and Witney College
    • Activate Learning (City of Oxford College, Banbury and Bicester College and Reading College)
    • Beechwood School
    • Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School
    • Bourne End Academy (The Wye Valley School)
    • Bradon Forest School
    • Bridgwater and Taunton College
    • Brooklands College
    • Burnham Park E-ACT Academy
    • Chiltern Hills Academy
    • Churchfields Academy
    • Cressex Community School
    • Denefield School
    • Easthampstead Park Community School
    • Forest School
    • Garth Hill College
    • Highcrest Academy
    • Isambard Community School
    • John Madejski Academy
    • Kingsdown School
    • Lord Grey School
    • Lydiard Park Academy
    • New College (Swindon)
    • Nova Hreod
    • Prospect School
    • Ranelagh School
    • Reading Girls' School
    • Royal Wootton Bassett Academy
    • Ruskin College
    • Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School
    • Sir Herbert Leon Academy
    • Sir William Ramsay School
    • Solihull College and University Centre
    • St Bartholomew's School
    • St Joseph's Catholic College
    • St Michael’s Catholic School
    • St Paul's Catholic School
    • Stantonbury Campus
    • Swindon Academy
    • Swindon College
    • The Aylesbury Vale Academy
    • The Brakenhale School
    • The Bulmershe School
    • The Commonweal School
    • The Cottesloe School
    • The Dorcan Academy
    • The Grange School
    • The Mandeville School Specialist Sports College
    • The Milton Keynes Academy
    • The Radcliffe School
    • The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College
    • Trinity School
    • UTC Swindon
    • Waddesdon Church Of England School
    • Wiltshire College

    Students from The Oxford Academy are eligible for additional funding in the form of The Hamilton Oxford Academy Scholarship. This is an additional scholarship of £2,000, in their first year of study. Successful scholars will receive their Hamilton Oxford Academy 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).

    The same eligibility criterion as the Community Scholarship applies also to the Hamilton Oxford Academy Scholarship.

    The following applies to 2018 entrants only:

    1. Community Scholarships are only available to applicants who are currently studying, or applied for deferred entry, from an eligible school or college (see above).
    2. Applicants must firmly accept a place on either a full time degree or a foundation degree at Oxford Brookes University or one our partner colleges.
    3. Applicants for a stand alone top up course are not eligible.
    4. Scholarships are only available to students studying for their first degree. Applicants who have already studied at another university will not be eligible.
    5. Students are responsible for applying individually for the award; the application must include a supporting reference from a teacher.
    6. In circumstances where there are equally deserving applicants from one school or college the University may agree to award additional scholarships.
    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 (a UK passport).
    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. Normally Scholarships will be terminated if students fail or resit elements of their programmes without evidence of mitigation, presented to and accepted by, the relevant academic department.
    11. Payment of the Scholarship will cease from the date the student leaves or is withdrawn from their Brookes course.
    12. In circumstances when a student changes programme or mode of study to one which falls outside the eligibility criteria, the student agrees to repay Brookes the scholarship money in full.
    13. Students must be in attendance on their Brookes course on the instalment dates in November and February to be entitled to both instalments.
    14. Only students who are currently studying at The Oxford Academy and meet the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions outlined above are eligible to apply for the additional Hamilton Oxford Academy Scholarship.