In 2007 the University launched a new scholarship scheme to assist students with participating in extra curricular activities. You can apply for funding, up to a £1000, to finance extra-curricular involvement in activities either directly related to or distinct from your course of study. Students can apply for funds to assist them with a variety of activities and below are some examples of students who were successful in being awarded funding in 2007:
• Voluntary activities which are community based, either in the UK or abroad.
Several students received funding to assist them travelling to voluntary placements such as with Turning Point and Save the Children. Another group of students received scholarships to assist towards the cost of travelling to the Gambia to provide a football and basketball two week school for local children. It is important when applying for a scholarship for this category that you stipulate what charity you are working for, the hours involved and the location of the work. You should provide evidence that you have been accepted as a volunteer.
• Activities relating to a pastime or interest in which the student is involved (e.g. music or some other arts based area; elite sport). Two students received scholarships to assist them with attending the World University Futsal Championships in Slovenia. Another student received a scholarship towards travelling to India and Sri Lanka with the Brownie group she helped run. If you wish to apply under this category you need to provide written evidence that you have been selected and the costs involved.
• Activities which are course-related but voluntary but, if undertaken, are likely to contribute to the scholar’s academic performance. Several students received scholarships to assist them in attending one day storytelling courses which would contribute towards their teaching qualifications. Another student received a scholarship to assist with the cost of attending environmental conferences during the summer, again this contributed towards her academic performance. Again, if you wish to apply for a scholarship in this category you need to provide written evidence of the costs involved and quantify the impact the course will have on your academic performance.
To apply for the scholarship please complete a form which you can access via this blog or from the Student Enquiry Counter in Woodbury. You will need to supply supporting documentation with your application, e.g. details of any study visit, invitations or bookings. Please note that successful applicants will be required to submit a report of the activity for which the scholarship was awarded.
All applications will be considered by the Scholarship Panel and applicants will be notified of the outcome hopefully in time for Christmas.
Completed application forms should be submitted to the Student Enquiry Counter in Woodbury by the 1st December 2008