Bet365 Foundation awards fifty student scholarships
Fifty first year Staffordshire University students have received scholarships worth £1,500 each thanks to the generosity of bet365 Foundation.
The scholarships offer students starting out on their degree studies a helping hand and can be used to pay for food and groceries on campus as well as art materials, printing costs, books, trips and even childcare.
This is the second year the scholarships have been awarded after Staffordshire University’s Development Board successfully bid for £75,000 from the charitable foundation.
The awards have been made to high achieving students from lower income families. Businesswoman Denise Coates CBE, who created and leads the bet365 Foundation, visited Staffordshire University last week to meet the scholarship students.
She said: “For those coming from backgrounds where financial resources are scarce, deciding to go to University can be a very big decision. The need to support themselves financially will see many students balancing study with jobs.
“I believe that reducing the financial burden will significantly increase the chances of the students reaching their full potential, with the bet365 Foundation bursaries I hope to help the recipients lay foundations for future career and life successes.”
Will Hallt, studying BA (Hons) Education, is one of the fifty students receiving the scholarship. He said: “It couldn’t have come at a better time because I’m financially stressed, it’s perfect.”
“I’ve been working so hard to try and pay for stuff but with this scholarship I’ve got so much more money to make the most of my University experience.”
BA (Hons) Acting and Theatre Arts student Beatrice Goodwin added: “My first reaction was that it’s incredibly generous because this really does help a lot of students.”
“£1,500 is a lot, especially to me because I don’t see that much money. I had my grant but this can go towards all my books and my trips - when you’re buying things for your course it all adds up.”
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Allan Howells said:“The scholarships are a massive vote of confidence in the abilities of our local students to go and achieve their potential.”
“Hopefully they will take some of the financial sting out of studying and give the recipients a boost at the outset when they are adjusting to life at university. We’re extremely grateful to bet365 Foundation for its direct support.”
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