Higher Education Bursary Guidelines 2018

CONSOLIDATED CHARITY OF BURTON UPON TRENT
Registered Charity No 239072

The Scheme

The Consolidated Charity is making available a sum of money that will enable up to 40 students to be offered an Educational Bursary of £500 per annum for three years. The scheme will only be open to students living in the Charity's area of benefit.

Students will be offered a bursary in order to assist them in successfully completing a course of study leading to a first degree at a British University or other equivalent British institution, eg. College of Music.

HND students are not eligible to apply for a bursary until they have successfully completed their HND course and continue on to a degree course.

Bursaries will only be made for three academic years and no payments will be made during paid placements

Conditions for Applicants

1 Applicants must be resident in the town of Burton upon Trent or the neighbouring parishes of Branston, Stretton or Outwoods, Barton under Needwood, Rolleston on Dove, Rangemore and Tutbury. This restriction is imposed by our Trust Deed and cannot be altered.

2 Applicants must be intending to go to University in this academic year, ie. Students planning to defer entry to University (ie. take a gap year) should not apply until the year of entry. If a student is awarded a Bursary but subsequently decides to take a gap year then the Bursary will be withdrawn, though the student will be able to re-apply without prejudice in the following year.

3 Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to study and an ability to reach the standard required for acceptance on their favoured degree course.

4 Applicants must be able to convince the Trustees, through their Personal Statement, that they have the personal qualities to cope with the demands of the course and that the course has a relevance to their intended future career and personal aspirations.

5 Applicants must provide acceptable evidence that satisfactory progress is being made throughout the course prior to bursary payments being released in subsequent years within the timescale provided.

Application and Selection Procedures

  • An application form must be completed by each candidate.  This provides information on personal details, successfully completed courses of study including results of public examinations, 16-19 courses that have been examined (with results) or to be examined.  Candidates should include any National Qualifications including vocational courses and music. It is important for candidates to include bona fide estimated grades for post-16 courses that can be confirmed by the School / College

  • Applicants must complete a Personal Statement. This should be clearly legible and on no more than one side of A4 paper. The Personal Statement may be produced on a word processor but it must include the applicant's name at the top and it must be signed and dated. When preparing their Personal Statement, applicants should be aware that the Trustees will take into particular account the following criteria.

         Personal strengths, skills and weaknesses.

         Leadership and / or involvement in School / College activities.

         Involvement in extra-curricular community activities (including positions of responsiblity).

         Reasons for choosing the course and how it will help to prepare you for your future career

  • Schools / Colleges must attach a confidential Supporting Statement to each application. A copy of the UCAS reference – or relevant sections – will suffice. Please supply this statement on the School / College letterhead or validate it with the School / College stamp. Where this is not possible, the Supporting Statement should be signed and dated by the Head of Sixth Form or other appropriate person. 
  • A selection committee will consider the applications and that committee's decision is final. Please note that only 40 Bursaries will be awarded for the year.  

 

Completion of Application Form

1. Please complete the form using black ink, biro or type. Ensure all questions are answered fully.

2. Print your SURNAME in CAPITAL letters.

3. Include all secondary schools, colleges and, if appropriate, other institutions which you have attended for 16 – 19 education. Insert part-time (P/T) next to Schools / Colleges you attend for only 1 or 2 subjects.

4. Include all AS, A2 Level, Baccalaureate, BTEC and vocational courses which you have completed or expect to be entered for a Public Examination together with any other qualifications, eg. Music, Drama, etc.

5. For Higher Education Courses DO NOT use UCAS abbreviations. Include the full course name.

6. Please ensure you sign the application form.

Completed forms should be returned to your School / College by Friday 23rd February 2018.

Schools / Colleges should forward applications to the Charity by Friday 2nd March 2018 to:

Mr J P Southwell Clerk to the Trustees Consolidated Charity of Burton upon Trent 1st Floor, Gibraltar House Crown Square, First Avenue Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 2WE

Bursary Awards

Conditional offers of bursaries will be made by the end of March 2018. Final decisions will be taken as soon as possible after the examination results are published and the Universities have confirmed their offers of places.

Candidates who have received a conditional offer of a bursary should write to the Clerk to the Trustees immediately after they have accepted a firm offer of a place and provide appropriate evidence. Evidence should be received by Friday 29th September 2018 and failure to provide the information by this date may result in the Bursary being withdrawn. If you do not take up your place at university, this should also be communicated to the Clerk.

At the end of each academic year of the course, successful applicants should notify the Clerk to the Trustees in writing of the results of any assessments and confirm that they have been accepted to continue their course for the next year. The second and subsequent payments due under the scheme are conditional upon this requirement.

Bursary payments will usually be made by bank transfer and bank details for the applicant will be requested in order to make payments via bank transfer into the applicant’s bank account with confirmation of the payment issued to the applicant's home address by the end of October, following the start of the academic year.

 PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL INFORMATION IS TREATED AS CONFIDENTIAL 

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