The scholarship scheme provides free accommodation for up to three years of undergraduate study – removing a huge financial burden, and giving students the freedom to focus on their studies and the university experience.
Anne McGrath – the university Student Adviser for care leavers and estranged students explained that "These are life changing scholarships which will enable our students to reach their full potential and focus on their studies without the additional burden of accommodation costs."
Andre, a current student at the University of Westminster and a 2017 Unite Foundation scholar, talked recently about the impact the scheme has made: “I don’t have words to say how much the Unite Foundation scholarship means to me. I was so worried about accommodation. I didn’t know where I was going to live. I was on a train when I got the email and I couldn’t believe it! It gave me comfort and peace; the ability to start dreaming. Having my accommodation paid for has given me time. Without it I would have had to work really hard to pay the rent as living in London is so expensive. Instead, I’ve applied to be a guide for new students in September under the University’s FANS (Friends of Arriving New Students) programme.”
The Unite Foundation is a charitable trust, which focusses on enabling young people under the age of 25 to make the most of educational opportunity. Emphasis is placed on supporting young people with academic ability and ambition for whom access to a secure home is particularly meaningful; students who have previously been in care or are estranged from their parents.
The deadline for applying for a Unite Foundation Accommodation Scholarship for the 2017/18 academic year is 1 June 2018.
To request an application form; for help to find out if you are eligible; or if you have any questions regarding the scheme, please email the University of Westminster Student Advice team on [email protected].