Students encouraged to apply for Harpur Trust university bursaries

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Harpur Trust university bursary students
Harpur Trust university bursary students.Image: Harpur Trust

Students in Year 13 at state schools throughout Bedford Borough are being encouraged to apply for a bursary from the Harpur Trust to help with the spiralling costs of university.

As new students embark on Freshers’ Week across the country, The Harpur Trust has awarded bursaries totalling £57,600 to help local pupils from Bedford afford university.

Sixteen students received their University Bursaries before they started on their academic journey this year and the application process for 2024 opens early next year. You can find out more here.

From Portsmouth to Glasgow, this year’s bursary students are studying a wide range of subjects including paramedic science, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, theatre arts, the sciences, social work, history, politics, law, mathematics and finance and accounting.

Pupils in Year 13 at any of the following schools can apply:

  • Bedford Academy
  • Bedford College
  • Biddenham Internationa School and Sports College
  • Kempston Academy
  • Kimberley STEM College
  • Mark Rutherford
  • Sharnbrook Academy
  • The Bedford Sixth Form
  • St Thomas More School
  • Wixams Academy

The selected students are awarded £3,600 spread across three years of study and they can use the money to help with university costs including accommodation, books, food, transport or course materials.

Harpur Trust grants manager, Nicola McKenzie, said: “Past students tell us the bursaries really help offset some of the spiralling costs of studying and enable them to concentrate on their courses, reducing anxiety and stress, leading to better mental health.

“Some students say without the bursaries to give them a helping hand, they wouldn’t have gone to university.

“Many bursary students have overcome significant personal challenges and we wish them the best of luck with their degrees. We look forward to hearing updates from them as they progress, particularly getting their input on our youth focus group to give us feedback on various initiatives we are running at the Harpur Trust over the next couple of years.

“We’re delighted to see some of our former bursary students giving back as ambassadors for the Trust and taking part in initiatives like Bedford Giving.

“One recent graduate has recently signed up to become a Bedford Giving Career Mentor to help guide young people at local secondary schools.”