Who we are
The Multicultural Scholars Programme supports academically talented, low-income British students from poorly represented ethnic groups. Support is offered via a financial scholarship of £2000 per year, as well as pastoral guidance and careers advice. The programme benefits from the support of legal firms and other companies, both regionally and nationally. This means that we can offer opportunities for mentoring, funding, internships and advice from experts in their field, whether that be legal or otherwise.
Each scholar also has the opportunity to broaden their horizons by applying for support to pursue a summer vacation study abroad programme, overseas development project or work experience. Previous scholars have undertaken work experience with Gowling WLG in their Guangzhou office, attended a French language course at the University of Geneva, and travelled to Ghana to take part in a Law and Women Empowerment Internship.
The MSP is an eligible programme for the Pegasus Access and Support Scheme, which supports those from diverse backgrounds to consider a career at the Bar by providing mini-pupillages. A number of past scholars have benefitted from this scheme.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Find out if you are eligible and apply to the programme via the Student Funding Team.
Complete the Multicultural Scholars Programme application form. The deadline for applications is Friday 25 August 2017.
The Multicultural Scholars' Programme is dependent on the generous philanthropic support it receives from friends and alumni. It is also supported by a number of law firms who provide training and mentoring opportunities for the scholars, making it a unique, holistic and effective programme.
Donors Funding Current Law Scholarships
- The Alison Wetherfield Foundation
- Clifford Chance
- Covington & Burling
- Herbert Smith Freehills
- Hogan Lovells
- McDermott Will & Emery
- Permberton Greenish
- Weil, Gotshal & Manges
- Gowling WLG
- Individual Alumni & Friends of the University
Supporters of the Law MSP
- Allen & Overy
- Amnesty International
- Chancery Bar Association
- Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
- Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
- Lewis Silkin
- O’Melveny & Myers
- St Phillips Chambers
During the summer 2016 Farhana Hamid Butt received a vacation scholarship from the Warwick Multicultural Scholars’ Programme and volunteered with Global Vision International (GVI) on a women's empowerment project in Kerala, India.
On Saturday 23rd April, the Law School's Widening Participation team hosted the prize giving event of the inaugural 'Writing Wrongs' essay competition. Since November, we have been working with 25 pupils from non-traditional backgrounds from eight schools in Coventry and Warwickshire through a series of Saturday workshops in order to improve their research skills and write a 2,500 word essay on the theme of social justice.
On 24 February 2016, a group of 18 law students on the Multicultural Scholars’ Programme (MSP) attended an ‘Insight Day’ at Gowling WLG (formerly Wragge Lawrence Graham), solicitors, Birmingham.
The day included a networking lunch with current trainees where scholars could learn first-hand about daily life in a large law firm. Caty Scott, Gowlings’ Graduate Recruitment Advisor, conducted a workshop outlining the training contract application process, providing detailed and excellent advice on the hallmarks of a good application and the skills and knowledge required to excel in the group recruitment events and the partner interview.
MSP Law is very grateful to Gowlings, one of our corporate donors, for providing this hugely beneficial opportunity to our scholars.
One of our 2nd year MSP scholars, Messeh Leone, was the recipient of the Commonwealth's International Award for Dynamic Leadership and Service to Young People. He received his award at a special award ceremony in Malta in November 2015 as part of the Commonwealth Youth Forum which took place on the fringes of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
The Multicultural Scholars’ Programme supports academically talented, low-income British students from poorly represented ethic groups. Support is offered via a package of holistic support, including a financial scholarship, pastoral guidance and careers advice. The MSP has gained considerable support from firms and companies, both regionally and nationally, providing opportunities for mentoring, funding, internships and advice from experts in their field.
The purpose of the Vacation Scheme is to support MSP students who wish to pursue an opportunity to study abroad or to undertake a specific vacation project during their period of study with us. Examples might include a summer school, work experience or an internship.
Binta Balogun 2014 - Gowling WLG (previously: Wragge Lawrence Graham and Co)
The work experience gave me a chance to improve as a global citizen. I was based in the company's Guangzhou office for two weeks. The experience working within intellectual property law truly surpassed my expectations and has given me a clearer idea of the types of legal work I want to pursue after graduating.
Aneesa Khan (2015) interned at Clifford Chance in Hong Kong:
‘I was assigned to the Business Development/Finance departments and was involved in the legal and business related aspects of various projects. From compiling taxi briefings for new clients, to proof reading legal documents. I was able to appreciate the way in which clients across different continents have different values and priorities which lawyers must accommodate. The people I met at the firm were great and I formed great friendships with other local students from Hong Kong at Clifford Chance. My experiences have developed my knowledge of global commercial law and I wholeheartedly thank the MSP and my sponsors for this’.
Farhana Hamid Butt (2016) volunteered with Global Vision International on a women's empowerment project in Kerala, India:
‘I taught English to women and girls and engaged with individuals marginalised by society, including abused teenaged girls. I worked with the members of the Women's Initiative Network which is a women's group established to support widows who are shunned and face the threat of being burnt subsequent to the death of their husbands. They assist women by providing micro loans and provide educational scholarships to those with deprived backgrounds. I also volunteered at a school for children with disabilities and delivered a presentation on the importance of independence to students who were training to become Special Educational Needs teachers.'