This programme is now closed.
A bursary is a sum of money given to a student to help them during their university degree. This bursary fund gives up to £500 per year, usually for up to 3 years. You don’t need to repay the money as long as it is used as intended.
You can apply for money from here if:
- you are aged 18-24
- you will be starting an undergraduate degree course at a UK university in the coming academic year
- you are applying for the full student finance package that you are entitled to,
and you meet one of the following:
- you were born in the former districts of Mendip and South Somerset in the administrative County of Somerset, or
- you have been resident in the former districts of Mendip and South Somerset for at least 3 years before the date of your application, or
- you have been attending a school in the former districts of Mendip and South Somerset for at least 2 years before the date of your application.
You may be asked to provide evidence of how you meet the above eligibility criteria.
How much money do we have to give out and what can it be used for?
The Hobhouse Memorial Fund provided funding to young people for educational purposes and was transferred to Somerset Community Foundation in 2020. The Fund can award 3-5 bursaries each year.
Bursary payments will be made directly to you to assist with fees, accommodation, purchase of books and equipment, travelling or any other expenses that are incurred as part of your degree course.
How do I apply for a bursary?
You will need to complete an online application form which you can access by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. Ensure you tick the box at the top of the form to be able to save it and return to it later.
Please contact us if you can’t use the online form. We’ll support you to make your application in another way.
The form asks you to provide:
- your personal details (name, address, email, phone, date of birth)
- the names of the school(s) you have attended and the dates you attended them
- the name of your chosen university and the course that you intend to study
- your academic qualifications
- a statement of up to 300 words explaining why you are applying and what difference an award would make to you
- how a bursary will assist your academic studies
- your circumstances
- how much you will be receiving as the maintenance element of your student loan
- a reference from your school or college
You can download this word document which has the questions listed.
What sort of reference do I need?
We ask that you provide a reference from someone who can support your application. That could be a teacher, tutor, instructor or another professional person who knowns you and what you plan to do.
You’ll need to speak with your referee first and tell them why you need their help. You then need to give them this link to the reference form.
At the end of the bursary application form we ask you to confirm whether you have done this or not.
We know that some people find it difficult to get a reference, particularly if they’re not currently in education, employment or training. If you find this difficult then just contact us on the details below and we’ll decide the best option.
What do we do with your application?
When you submit your online application, you will receive an automated email confirming it has been received. If you don’t receive this email, then please contact us so that we can check your application has been received.
A member of our Grants Team will look at your application. If we have a question, then we’ll email you. If preferred, we can arrange a phone call or video call.
Your application will be considered by a Panel who will make the final decision on who receives a bursary. We will let you know the outcome of your application in early August.
If you have any questions, then please get in touch with us. It’s usually best to email us on email@example.com but you can also call us on 01749 344949.
When this programme is open to applications a link to the application form will appear here.