One Degree More

Organisation
Community Foundation
Address
The Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon Sandcliffe House, 21 Northgate Street, , , SN10 1JX
Telephone
01380 729284
  If Sir Isaac Newton hadn't been able to go to university we might have very different ideas about planet earth.   Launched in 2010, One Degree More builds on the success of our Shuker Scholarships and makes funding available to young people from across the county for university education or vocational training who may otherwise be excluded for financial reasons.   The origin of our education funding was a £2.5 million legacy to the Community Foundation left by Brian and Marie Shuker of Trowbridge. Their express wish was to provide financial support to young people from West Wiltshire to enable them to undertake a university course. We have been able to fulfil those wishes and are sure they would be delighted to know that in the past 5 years we have supported 70 young people through university. It was always our aim to be able to provide financial support to young people form all across Wiltshire.  In 2013 this will become a reality following a £1 million donation from the Underwood Trust and the transfer of the William 'Doc' Couch Fund from Wiltshire Council  putting a further £2.1m into the programme.  In total, we now have an endowment of £6 million that is solely generating money for young people in Wiltshire. This is broken down into three main types of grants; university scholarships, vocational training grants and personal grants. Scholarships “Unfortunately due to receiving a large volume of applications we are unable at present to accept any further applications from Swindon residents, however, you may wish to complete the Expression of Interest form and if current circumstances change, we will be able to contact you, using the details you provide in the form”. One Degree More Scholarships are available to young people from Wiltshire and Swindon who are under 25 and are about to start or are currently enrolled on an Undergraduate Degree course at a UK university. As the programme is currently oversubscribed, we are only able to accept further applications from individuals that are themselves or their parents/carers in receipt of means tested benefits.  Funding can be sought for up to £5,000 per year for the duration of the course, however, amounts awarded and applied for are normally far lower. In previous years this funding had been restricted to West Wiltshire, however, scholarships are now available to all who have lived within Wiltshire for the past 2 years. A member of the grants team will contact you with the full application requirements shortly afterwards.  Vocational Training If you need equipment so that you can undertake a practical vocational course at college or you are unable to afford child care or transport costs, we may be able to help. We have funding available for young people from Wiltshire and Swindon in financial difficulty. Applications tend to be for modest amounts, u
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