Reporter 455, 25 September 2000

Ogden scholarship scheme is beefed up

An ambitious scheme to encourage young people in South Yorkshire towns badly hit by the decline of the coal industry to attend the University has doubled its number of scholars and increased the size of grants, in only its second year of operation. It is now reaching out to more youngsters who would otherwise be unable to pursue a higher education.

The scheme, launched by businessman Robert Ogden and the University, was described as a model of its kind by Education Secretary David Blunkett earlier this year.

In the latest round of awards, 38 teenagers at 11 schools in Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham have joined the programme, bringing the total number of Robert Ogden Scholars to 68. They receive grants to encourage them to complete sixth form studies and go on to take degree courses at the University.

Bursaries have also been increased, with the grant for the second year of sixth form study rising from 500 to 1000. The grant for the first year of sixth form remains at 500. The students will receive 2,000 a year whilst at the University. In total, Ogden Scholars will receive between 7,500 and 11,500 to help them complete their A levels and degree studies.

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