University Awards Latest Round of Extra-Curricular Scholarships

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The University of Worcester has awarded almost £20,000 worth of funds to students via the first round of its Extra-Curricular Scholarship programme for this academic year.

The University, in addition to awarding Entry, Academic and Sports scholarships, invites students to apply for an Extra-Curricular Scholarship twice a year.

Students can be awarded up to £1,000 to assist with costs incurred by taking part in voluntary projects, either in the UK or abroad, or pursuing a past-time or interest in areas such as sport, music or the arts.

The first round of this year’s applications, which closed on December 1, led to 22 scholarships being awarded, totalling £17,810.

Among those to be awarded a scholarship was Alice Underhill, who was awarded funds to assist with a trip to Madagascar, during which the Primary Education student will be teaching local children.

Alice explains: “Many Worcester students have been to Madagascar on similar trips before, and listening to them talk about their own experiences inspired me to want to go and work with the children out there. It will give me a great opportunity to help the children and also put my teaching skills to use.

“The University has been a massive help in financially supporting me to going to Madagascar. The scholarship initiative provides a great support for students to grab once in a life time opportunities.”

Other scholarships were awarded to students who are competing in sports at a high level, leading children’s groups, teaching or coaching, and University Secretary, John Ryan MBE, who sits on the University’s Scholarship Panel, says that the volume of scholarships awarded reflects the positive contribution being made by Worcester students.

“We receive many high-quality applications for scholarships prior to every deadline, and we are delighted that we’re able to support as many students as we do,” he explains.

“We want our students to excel in every area during their time with us, and we are committed to supporting them academically and with the many worthwhile extra-curricular activities with which they are involved.”

The University awarded 53 Extra-Curricular Scholarships, totaling £26,485, during the 2013/14 academic year. The next deadline for students to apply for a scholarship is February 28.

To find out more about the Scholarships on offer from the University of Worcester, visit the Scholarships pages.