Meet Scott and Sabrina
who were helped by a generous gift to support talented students.
"My mum is mostly (save for the odd day or two) unemployed and my dad has had very little input in my life. The deposit on my house for my second year took all the money I had for the Spring Term. Alongside my degree in Environmental Science I’ve done my first year of Japanese (and hopefully will be able to do my second this year). I’ve also written articles for viva voce, the student audio magazine for the visually impaired. I love the atmosphere and the staff at York, the friendly nature of all the students and the amazing facilities, but without a bursary I’m not sure I’d have been able to stay here."
"I wasn't planning on going to university at all, but my grades were high, so my teachers convinced me applying to York was a good idea. I was worried about student debts as my parents wouldn’t be able to support me financially. I don’t regret my decision at all. The campus in York is a lovely space to be in and my course fits well with my interests. I’ve been part of the art society and athletics club. I went to life drawing sessions which was a great way to keep up and help improve my drawing skills - something I’d never had a chance to do before! I can’t stress enough how much of a difference getting a bursary has made – it’s the difference between affording my second year and having to struggle through."
With your help we can do more...
We aim to offer 50 Achieving Excellence Bursaries to help those in greatest need starting in 2012.
How will students be supported...
Each bursary will be worth £1,050 per year, paid in termly instalments, and students will be supported for each year of their undergraduate course. This level of support just bridges the gap between the student loan and the cost of living, making a difference to a hard up student's life.
Find out more
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the Achieving Excellence Bursaries and university funding.
*Please note that for the purposes of anonymity, the images used above are not Scott and Sabrina. Photos are posed by other York students whom we'd like to thank.