An opportunity has arisen for Year 14 pupils to avail of a funded scholarship through Ulster University Belfast Community Scholarships. These aim to remove the financial barriers that prevent many students from accessing higher education.
Students from the Belfast community will benefit from a scholarship of between £2,000-£3,000 a year for each year of their degree (placement year excluded). During the 2021/22 academic year, the university is working to launch a second scholarship programme that will support students from across Northern Ireland.
Opening in the Autumn, the new Belfast campus will be a catalyst for change in the city centre and these scholarships have been established by Ulster University to celebrate the opening, recognising its impact and the opportunities it presents to the local community.
Purpose of scholarships:
The scholarships will remove financial barriers and support 40 students who meet an agreed set of criteria to study at Ulster University.
These scholarships aim to address this inequality by supporting those students with potential and ambition who may be put off going to university simply due to financial barriers.
As one of the top 5 UK universities for widening access to higher education and first in Northern Ireland, the University is renowned for its work in supporting students from low income and disadvantaged backgrounds. Currently, over 40% of Ulster’s 27,000 students present with widening access indicators such as financial hardship, background of care, health issues, or other barriers that complicate and compromise successful study.
Who can apply?
The scholarships are open to individuals with a permanent home address in BT1-17, BT29, BT36 and BT37 who are currently in their final year of an acceptable Level 3 qualification such as A-Levels, BTEC, HND or equivalent at an NI educational institution.
Applicants must be in receipt of an offer from UU, have confirmed UU as their first choice and be the first in their family to undertake an undergraduate degree. Additional criteria also apply.
Applications close on 20th June 2021. To apply and for more information, including full eligibility criteria, please visit www.ulster.ac.uk/communityscholarships.