Scholarships for disadvantaged students

scholarships for disadvantaged students

Applications are now open for this year’s Crowd Scholar scholarship programme. The Scholarship Hub is proud and excited to support this innovative community led scholarship for the second year running, to help the programme grow. 

Crowd Scholar is the only scholarship in the UK which aims to support students through donations – a type of crowd funding – but the difference is that the scholars who will benefit have all been through a selective application process to ensure that the donations are given to those who need and deserve them the most.

Last year Crowd Scholar received over 100 applicants, selected three winners, and donated over £7,000 and they are hoping to increase this in 2019 to enable them to provide more financial support to disadvantaged students.

Who can apply?
Crowd Scholar is looking to help and support high achieving students from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend university. Applications are invited from students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

• Will be between 17 and 19 years of age when starting university
• eligible for free school meals
• a resident of the UK at the time of your application
• applying for a scholarship towards an education at a UK university

If you are selected to be a finalist, you will be required to prove that you meet all of the above criteria.

There will be one winner and two runners up. All three will become part of the fundraising campaign to generate donations towards their education.
What does the scholarship offer?

As this is a community led scholarship, the amount of funding available depends on the number of donations, however Crowd Scholar guarantees a minimum of £5,000 in financial support to the winner and aims to offer up to the full cost of tuition fees for them and the runners up as a result of the subsequent fundraising activities.

Additionally, all applicants receive some form of support. This year, Crowd Scholar has partnered with Up Learn, an exciting “edtech” (educational technology company) and leading provider of online A Level tuition. Every single student that completes a Crowd Scholar application will be eligible for a free Up Learn license worth £200-350 (or more!).

How do I apply?
The application process is split into two rounds.

The first step is to complete the application form. At this stage, applicants will be required to provide basic details, write one 500-word essay, one 250-word short answer question, and provide a teacher recommendation.

Applicants that proceed to the second round will be invited to complete a 30-minute Skype interview with one of the trustees.

Closing date
Applications close on December 16th 2018
To find out more and apply, visit

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