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University Announces Financial Support to Students Following Massive Cuts to Government Funding for National Scholarships

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The University of Worcester has announced further major University financial support for students starting in 2014, following a massive cut by two thirds in government funding for the National Scholarship Scheme.

University Secretary and Pro Vice Chancellor (Students), John Ryan, said: “We believe that the National Scholarship scheme has provided valuable support to students from lower income backgrounds. 

“This is why we have decided to spend considerably more on the scheme than required and to retain as far as possible our existing commitments to all eligible despite the significant reduction in government funding.”

It is the second year that the University has used its own funds to award scholarships to all those students who were eligible.

Worcester, the fastest growing University in England over the past 8 years up to and including 2013, has been particularly successful in attracting well-qualified students from low income backgrounds, meaning that the national scholarship scheme was a lifeline to many students.

In 2014, the University will continue to provide a £3,000 scholarship to all students in receipt of a maximum grant, that is, to all students from households with a residual income of £25,000 or less. The scholarship will be paid in the form of a £2000 fee waiver and a £1000 cash payment.

In addition, the University will award a £1,000 scholarship to all students in receipt of a partial maintenance grant, that is, to all students from households with a residual income of between £25,000 and £42,620. These scholarships will be paid in the form of a fee waiver.

The University continues to campaign for funds to support students. Generous donations from alumni and University supporters are helping the University to provide 1 year academic scholarships of £1,000 in cash for all students who earn an A and 2 Bs, the equivalent or better at A-level.

This is followed by the opportunity to earn £1000 academic scholarships for high quality performance in both Year I and Year 2 at the University. Wychavon Council are providing first year cash scholarships of £500 for eligible students from their district and more and more firms are offering earn-as-you-learn opportunities for students at the University of Worcester.