Major new Scholarship Programme to support 15 students at UCL

24 January 2012

UCL Portico and Quad

15 undergraduate students from underprivileged backgrounds will receive £10,000 a year throughout the three years of their studies at UCL, thanks to a £450,000 gift from the Reuben Foundation.

The Reuben Foundation Scholarship will cover each student’s full accommodation and living costs for the duration of the course. Students will be selected by UCL, once they have been offered a place, on the basis of their financial circumstances. The Scholarship will support a cohort of five UK undergraduate students per year for three years, starting in 2012.

UCL runs an extensive outreach programme to raise awareness of the support available to students who need it, while the university’s Access Agreement includes ambitious targets to increase applications from lower socio-economic groups and low participation neighbourhoods.

Professor Malcolm Grant, UCL President & Provost, said: “I am delighted that the Reuben Foundation has chosen to set up the Reuben Foundation Scholarship at UCL. At UCL we are wholeheartedly committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to achieve excellence are able to attend our institution, regardless of their background and personal circumstances.

At UCL we are wholeheartedly committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to achieve excellence are able to attend our institution, regardless of their background and personal circumstances.

Professor Malcolm Grant

"This new programme will give 15 students from underprivileged backgrounds the support they sorely need to enable them to receive a world class education and fulfil their potential.”

Lisa Reuben of the Reuben Foundation said: “A scheme of this nature has been something that the Foundation has wanted to create for some time. Education is the most precious resource and, at a time, when the cost of attending university is rising, we hope this programme will inspire others and play a role in opening doors to those who thought university was closed to them.

“The programme will run for three years initially, but our commitment to these scholarships is absolute and we will be looking to grow the scheme once it has become established.”


Links:

The Reuben Foundation
UCL Outreach