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New scholarship schemes offer crucial support

 

Two new scholarship schemes have been set up to offer financial support to future Leeds students; one thanks to the generosity of a former University lecturer and the other to a collaboration between a local business, a local authority and the University.

Former education lecturer Myrtle Boultwood died in 2001, leaving £750,000 to the University to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. She asked that her estate should be used to support students with the ability, but not the financial means, to benefit from a University education.

And more than 100 young people in underprivileged rural areas of North Yorkshire are also to benefit from an imaginative new five-year scheme providing scholarships for pupils in Craven and Richmondshire to carry on studying after their GCSEs and to go to university.

The Skipton Building Society higher education scholarships have been developed through a partnership between the University of Leeds, the Skipton Building Society and North Yorkshire County Council.

The Boultwood scholarships will offer an annual bursary of £2,000 to up to ten undergraduate students each year, initially in history and geography, but opening up to other fields in subsequent years. Applicants must be under 21 years of age, full-time first degree entrants with little or no experience of higher education within the family, and with a family income under £12,500.
Myrtle Boultwood spent 27 years at the University as a senior lecturer in the department of education, retiring in 1973. She worked for many years as a school inspector, and had a particular interest in the education of children with disabilities.

Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Wilson said: “The University is committed to widening participation, and I am delighted that Miss Boultwood’s generosity will enable us to recruit students who, without a Boultwood scholarship, may not have the opportunity to come to University. In today’s climate of funding difficulties, the value of this scholarship programme cannot be overstated.”

Estate executor, Ian Smith, said: “In following Myrtle’s wishes, we are helping to ensure that future generations of students are not prevented financially from gaining a University education. We look forward to continued involvement with the scheme, and to meeting the first Boultwood scholars.”

Applications can be made from now until June 6. More information and application forms are at www.leeds.ac.uk/students/schol.htm

In its first year (2003/04), up to 42 Skipton scholarships of £500 will be awarded to pupils entering the sixth form and a further 20 will be awarded to those entering the Universities of Leeds or York. For study at undergraduate level the awards will be £2,000 a year.

Lifelong Learning Minister Margaret Hodge hailed the scheme as “an excellent example of collaborative working between the public and private sector.”

Both scholarships will help to boost the University’s existing student support schemes, which include scholarships funded by Yorkshire businessman Sir Robert Ogden, offering students financial and mentoring support during sixth form and undergraduate study.

For more information, see the press releases on the University web pages.

 
 


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