The Scholars Fund

A project by: University of Exeter

Ensuring a fairer future through scholarships and bursaries

At Exeter we are working hard to make sure the University is open to everyone with the academic ability, irrespective of their background or financial circumstances. This includes both support to come to Exeter and opening up opportunities to fulfil their potential while here.

We believe that all students should have equal and fair access to Higher Education. More affluent pupils are still significantly more likely to go to university than their more disadvantaged peers and the gap between the two groups – 19.1 percentage points – is the widest it has been since 2005.

A donation to our Scholars Fund will help to make sure everyone can benefit from an Exeter education, supporting those who would otherwise struggle to attend, as well as those facing financial hardship during their studies.

Thanks to generous donations from our alumni and supporters, we have been able to offer scholarships and bursaries across the widest range of University programmes, from undergraduate through to PhDs. We are also supporting asylum seekers to undertake ‘Sanctuary Scholarships’ at Exeter.

Awards such as this have immediate impact:

• They help us to attract students from diverse backgrounds (we work with hundreds of students every year through our ‘Pathways’ programmes – offered to school pupils from year 10 onward)

• They offer financial support which enables students to focus on their studies, and diminishes the fear of debt

• Support from alumni and friends gives recipients a feeling of working in partnership, which is vital to a sense of belonging. They give students a sign that they belong at Exeter, and that an individual from the Exeter community believed in their potential.

Thank you for helping us to ensure a fairer future by donating to our Scholars Fund.