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York has a proud history of welcoming students from non-traditional backgrounds to university. The York Opportunity Scholarship upholds this tradition by supporting students from less advantaged backgrounds with an award of £3,300 spread over three years as they access and progress through university. This works out at just £21.15 per week, but the effect it has on our Scholars cannot be underestimated.
With a regular gift or one-off donation you can help students ease their transition into university and fulfil their potential. Now more than ever there are students who can’t rely on financial support from their parents and families, and it’s no exaggeration to say that your support could be the difference between them achieving their goals or sadly having to make the difficult decision to drop out of university. One of these students, Bekah, has shared some of her story:
“When I was about 12 my mum was diagnosed with a brain tumour. It isn’t cancerous but is inoperable and has sometimes made her very unwell. As the older sister I had to pick up a lot of slack at home and cope with cooking, cleaning and laundry etc. It was a difficult time but I found my school work was a distraction and was always near the top of the class.
The Covid-19 pandemic has really affected my first year at York and I have missed out on a lot of the things you spend your life looking forward to doing when you start university, especially meeting lots of new people and joining all the different societies. The loss of that experience has been very hard. I have an autoimmune disease that makes me clinically vulnerable so I have to be very careful.
The York Opportunity Scholarship has made an enormous difference to me, especially in the context of Covid. It has helped level the playing field for me as my family doesn’t have a lot of disposable income, and my illness means I need to buy special foods which are expensive.”
- Bekah, BSc in Physics, York Opportunity Scholar
Students from a range of less advantaged, low income backgrounds are supported by the York Opportunity Scholarship, from those who have lived in local authority care, to young carers, adult learners and many more.
You can play a really important role in enhancing the support we can offer these students. A donation to the York Opportunity Scholarship could enable a student from a less advantaged background to access the same opportunity of education as their peers.