Yeovil Educational Bursaries

This programme is now closed

These bursaries are awarded from the John Nowes Exhibition Foundation. They can help you cover the costs of:

You can ask for between £200 and £2,000. Most bursaries are usually between £500 and £1,000. There is enough money in the fund to award around 4 or 5 bursaries every year.

Bursaries are for one academic year, but you can apply again for each year of your course. There is no guarantee that you will receive more than one bursary.

Who was John Nowes?

John Nowes was born in Alvington in Yeovil. When he died in 1718, he left a will that said his estate should be used to educate young people in Yeovil. The John Nowes Exhibition Foundation grew out of this original gift, and Somerset Community Foundation is proud to continue this 300-year legacy.

You can read more about John Nowes on the Yeovil History website.

Who can apply for this money?

You can apply to this fund for a bursary of between £200 and £2,000 if:

When do I need to apply?

The fund opens once a year in the spring. The closing date to apply in 2023 was Friday 28 July at 5pm.

We’ll let you know if we can help you or not in early-mid September.

What can I use this money for?

You can use these bursaries for things that aren’t covered by your university or training provider. That might include things like:

This list doesn’t cover everything you can use this money for, but whatever you want to spend it on, it must benefit your learning.

How do I make an application?

You can apply for a bursary by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. This will take you to an online form where you need to answer some questions. Make sure 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.

You need to provide answers to some questions. Some just need a short answer, or for you to tick a box, but for a couple of them you have to write a bit more.

Here’s the questions that just need a short answer:

  1. Your name, date of birth, address, email and phone number.
  2. Your gender identity, ethnicity and whether you have a disability (you can select. ‘prefer not to say’ for these questions if you’re not comfortable providing an answer)
  3. Whether you’re currently in education, employment or training.
  4. What qualifications you currently have, if any.
  5. If we give you this money, what course or activity would it help you take part in?
  6. The total cost of the course or activity, and how much you are asking for from us.
Here’s the questions that need longer answers. There’s no word limit, but usually around 100 words will do for each:
  1. What would you actually spend the money on? Make sure you’re specific and provide a breakdown of costs.
  2. How will taking part in this course or activity help you achieve your ambitions in life? We never have enough money to support everyone, so we need to know what difference this would make to you.
  3. What is your family income per year? This money is available to people with a family income under £35,000 a year. We need to understand how you fit into this, so you might want to tell us about who earns an income in your household, how many dependents there are, and whether anyone claims means-tested benefits.

You will need to complete the application in one go and will not be able to save and return to it. You might want to draft your answers in a word document first then paste them into the application form.

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 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.

Do I have to do anything else if I get a bursary?

If we award you some money, then we will ask you to tell us how you have spent it and how this has helped you. We usually ask you to do this around 6 to 9 months after we’ve given you the bursary.

Need help?

The fund is being managed by Jess Wright, who works for Somerset Community Foundation. If you need some help, then it’s usually best to email her to ask a question or to arrange a time to talk.

When this programme is open to applications a link to the application form will appear here.


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