Earlier this year Warwick was chosen as one of six UK universities to take part in the Lloyds Scholars Programme. In June the University signed an agreement with Lloyds Banking Group to provide support for 15 home undergraduate students a year from low income backgrounds.
The scholarships consist of an annual cash bursary, additional annual awards based on academic achievement, opportunities for the best performers to receive end of course awards, a guaranteed ten week paid internship, mentoring from Lloyds staff and on-going local and national cohort activities.
At the time of signing the agreement, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Nigel Thrift said
Lloyds' support is doubly welcome as it not only provides funding for students from low income backgrounds to study at a great University, it also provides them with a range of powerful opportunities that will help them find a great career.
Following the initial agreement, the first induction session for the Warwick Lloyds scholars was held in October. The 15 students were introduced to Warwick support staff and to their Lloyds coordinator. They were also invited to choose which volunteering projects they will support as part of their commitment to give 100 hours of their time to projects in the community. These projects include Children’s University (a children’s education project), Friends of Canley Green Spaces (a local environment project), Canley UFE (a local youth group) and a collection of projects with the Heritage and Culture team at Warwickshire County Council.
To cap off the successful launch of the programme, the day after this first induction session took place the Lloyds Scholars programme won Corporate Social Responsibility Project of the Year at The Charity Times Awards. This award recognised the active involvement of a commercial company with a socially responsible project which has had a clear benefit on a charity or the charitable sector. It goes without saying that we are very proud to be affiliated with Lloyds and with their programme.