The University of Central Lancashire has announced that the Sanctuary Scholarship for 2023-24 entries has now opened. This scholarship aims to provide support for anyone seeking sanctuary in the UK because they are fleeing persecution or conflict.
The three year scholarship covers the undergraduate fees and offers a generous support package of up to £5,000 per year to help towards accommodation and living costs. The scholarship is available for one sanctuary-seeking student who is not eligible to access student finance and who is living no more than 30 miles away from one of UCLan’s three North West campuses – in Burnley, West Lakes and Preston.
This is only the second year that the scholarship has been available to applicants but is already supporting one student on their journey to become a medical professional. While the student must remain anonymous to protect their identity, they started their UCLan course in September, and said:
“My dad persuaded me to apply for the scholarship – my parents are really proud, they’ve always supported me. It’s thrilling to be here – it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I wouldn’t be doing it without the scholarship. I feel I am truly pursuing my dreams.”
Speaking on the matter, Dr Liz Granger, UCLan’s Head of Widening Participation and Public Engagement, said:
“Our commitment to widening participation is ingrained in everything we do at UCLan, and throughout our history, we have actively supported those people who face barriers in accessing higher education. The Sanctuary Scholarship enables those who might otherwise be denied access to university, the chance to unlock their potential and pursue the opportunities higher education has to offer.”
The Scholarship can be applied for online and further details can be found on the UCLan webpages. The deadline for applications is April 17 2023.
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