Cash boost for student scholarship programme at university launch
July 7 2015
The growth of a popular scholarship programme will attract even more students to a North Wales university.
A fund to support high-achievers and those from poorer backgrounds joining Glyndŵr University has been swelled by thousands of pounds just weeks after launching.
The Wrexham institution is offering students with strong potential who enrol in September the chance to secure one of 50 scholarships worth £1000 each.
Up to £14,000 has already been raised towards a target of £50,000 for the Glyndŵr Scholarship Fund, with University Fellow Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, among those donating to the scheme.
The scholarships are being funded through Glyndŵr Giving as a way of reducing the cost of studying for a degree.
Donors were among those invited to lunch at the institution’s Wrexham campus.
Students who had the chance to compete at elite level while studying thanks to Glyndŵr University’s existing Sports Scholarships and Bursaries spoke to guests at the event.
Welsh international squash player Hannah Davies, North Wales Crusaders star Christiaan Roets and motocross rider Will Harrison all received thousands of pounds towards sports science support, equipment, kit and travel costs while studying for a degree at Glyndŵr.
Professor Graham Upton, Interim Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said: “I’ve only been here for four months but the one thing that has shone through is that this is a special place of huge importance for Wrexham and North Wales.
“Part of our vision is to give as many people as possible a chance of benefiting from higher education as it gives them the platform to go on and achieve success in life.
“Government funding for universities has been reducing with students expected to pay their own way and that puts increased pressure on us to achieve our goals and ambitions.
“Students come out of university with high levels of debt and by providing incentives through the scholarship scheme we hope to alleviate some of the financial burden for them.”
He added: “Living costs and course fees down to laptops, textbooks and stationery; these are the kind of things which financial support can be used for to help students through their studies – and it can make a massive difference.”
Excellence Scholarships will be awarded in each of the university’s subject areas to applicants with the highest UCAS points tariff.
In line with its commitment to being an institution which is open to all, students who join Glyndŵr University from alternative routes that do not attract UCAS points could be eligible to receive the Widening Access Scholarship.
The scholarship is a one-off £1000 payment which will be made during the first year of study once they’ve enrolled. Students can receive only one of the two scholarships.
Other terms and conditions apply for both funds. You can visit the next open day on August 15 or find out more information about the scholarships on offer and the eligible courses here.
Contact Glyndŵr University’s fundraising team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org