Education enables refugees to build more hopeful and secure futures for themselves and their communities, yet just 1% of refugee youth around the world make it to university.
Young people seeking asylum face particular barriers when trying to enter higher education in the UK, primarily their ineligibility for student finance and their categorisation as ‘overseas’ students. High fees, coupled with exclusion from student loans, puts university out of reach for many bright and motivated students.
We are delighted to work in partnership with the Schwab & Westheimer Trust, supporting them to administer and promote the Westheimer Health and Social Care Scholarship. Click here to read about the impact of this scholarship.
The Westheimer Health and Social Care Scholarship
The Westheimer Scholarship is an initiative of the Schwab Westheimer Trust which was established by former refugees who benefited from welcome and support in the UK when fleeing Nazi Germany.
This scholarship helps young asylum seekers (aged up to 28 years old) pursue higher education in health and social care, medicine, nursing or related professions. Up to three people a year will be supported with a Westheimer Scholarship to study for a first degree or professional qualification. The scholarship will pay home tuition fees, and living costs up to a maximum of £11,500 per year. The specific amount awarded will be dependent on the candidate’s individual circumstances, university location, and the completion of a detailed budgeting session prior to enrollment.
Applications open on 27th April. The deadline for applications is midnight on 27th May 2019.
Please read the scholarship FAQs document before beginning the online application form.
Please also read our online application form Guidance Notes before beginning an application.
If you have any questions about this scholarship, please contact Dan Webb.
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