Laura Scott VC NE Scholar

Supporting Local Students 

For those of us with fond memories of Durham it is easy to appreciate how lucky the University Community is to be in such a beautiful place. The University has a signifcant economic impact on the City and region and is a custodian of beautiful buildings and cultural treasures. An organisation with global reach, Durham University, still strives to be engaged with the world on its own doorstep. With the help of our generous donors our student scholarships are no exception.  

Despite living close by, for those local students who experience economic barriers to higher education Durham University can seem a world away. With the generous support of our donors we are able to offer scholarships to the brightest and most talented local students bringing a Durham education within reach.

Overcoming Barriers

Thanks to the generosity of our donors we are able to offer the following scholarships to students with low incomes from across the North East region, either to take their first steps into higher eduction or to continue their journey onto postgraduate study:

First Steps

William Chan, a St Nicholas' Scholar, believes that without the support provided by the St Nicholas EducationTrust he would not be able to attend Durham University to study Mathematics. The support he has been given has inspired him to make the most of his time at Durham "the fact that I have been given this fantastic opportunity has driven me to strive to put it to good use and obtain as high a grade as possible year on year." 

St Nicholas Scholar

As well as striving academically William represents the University in basketball. He is very active in college-level sport and uses his role in Grey College Basketball as a way of providing welfare support to current students.

Continuing the Journey

Laura Scott (pictured at the top of this page) has been the recipient of a Vice-Chancellor's North East Scholarship whilst undertaking her Research Masters in the Earth Sciences Department. The support she received enabled her to concentrate on her studies "the scholarship has helped me with financial worries" and enhanced the quality of the research she was able to undertake "the extra work I carried out in April of this year has made my work so much more credible, as I now have a lot more geological measurements for analysis."

Laura is now undertaking her PhD at Liverpool University, you can read more about her research at the link below.

Laura Scott PhD Research Liverpool University 

The generosity of our donors has enabled exceptional local students to thrive during their time here, it woudn't have been possible without them. We would like to say a sincere thank you to the donors who make this possible.

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"I want every student, from all backgrounds and regardless of whatever hurdles they may face along the way, to have the chance to graduate successfully."

Stuart Corbridge, Donor, Vice-Chancellor and Warden

M Groundwater VC NE scholar
"Without the scholarship I would have been extremely limited with how engaged I could be in University life which would have severely impacted my student experience."

Michaela Groundwater, Vice-Chancellor's North East Scholar (BA History, St Chad's College)

Katherine Turner VC NE scholar

"As a scholarship recipient, I feel privileged, proud and grateful for the opportunities the award has brought me and am very much looking forward to next year."

Katherine Turner, Vice-Chancellor's North East Scholar (BA Liberal Arts, Collingwood College)

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