Laura Scott VC NE Scholar

Supporting Local Students 

Despite living close by, Durham University can seem like a world away to those local students who experience economic barriers to higher education. But now, 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.

The University has a significant economic impact on the City and region and is a custodian of beautiful buildings and cultural treasures. An organisation with global reach, Durham University, strives to engage with the world on our doorstep through partnerships with local schools and facilitating student volunteering, and enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Importantly, our growing portfolio of North East scholarships, funded and driven by the passionate support of our alumni and friends around the world, is removing economic barriers to unlock the vast potential of local students, enabling them to broaden their own horizons through the opportunities that come with a Durham degree.  

Overcoming Barriers

The following scholarships are open to students with low incomes across the North East region, helping them to take their first steps into higher education 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 Education Trust 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 is enabling exceptional local students to thrive, and we would like to say a sincere thank you to all the donors who make these awards possible.

VC for NE Scholarships Page

"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

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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The Impact of your Support

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