Over the past decade, Warwick’s Scholarships programme has ensured that gifted and talented undergraduate scholars from disadvantaged backgrounds can take up a place at Warwick. Scholars at Warwick are benefitting from academic support, networking opportunities and a £2,000 per year bursary to help fund the costs of living and essential educational resources.
Thanks to philanthropic support combined with investment from the University, we hope to offer 500 additional scholarships for West Midlands students each year, beginning in the academic year 2020/21. New scholars will receive all of the above support, plus a 50% tuition fee discount per year of study and support throughout each scholar’s A Level studies.
The need for this investment is underscored by a recent report from the Higher Education Policy Institute, which suggests that there should be discounts for those who are the first in their families to go to university. Warwick will go even further than this, taking into account other factors that can affect academic attainment, such as long-term illness, disability and care responsibilities. The result will be a scholars’ programme that not only boosts students’ skills, confidence and prospects but enhances social mobility across the region.
But we can still do more. To make this a success, we will need the support of our alumni community and friends. Your gifts fund more scholarship bursaries and offset the costs of the programme, ensuring that we are giving more young people a chance for success.
Faryaal was one of many students who participated in the Pathways to Law scheme within the Warwick Scholars programme. The scheme aims to inspire and support secondary school students to explore a range of careers in law. Faryaal dreamed of becoming a lawyer, but neither of her parents went to university and she had no industry connections.
Her scholarship bursary from Warwick helped her to take up a prestigious internship at a London law firm. At a networking event at the Shard, she met many inspirational alumni, including an international lawyer who secured prosecutions after the Rwandan genocide.
While studying at Warwick, Faryaal has worked with the upReach charity, to ensure more students from backgrounds like hers have the same opportunities. In recognition, she recently won a Student Social Mobility Award. Her work shows how our scholars believe in giving back through volunteering, and the wider social impact the programme has.