Denise Coates Foundation awards a hundred bursaries to Staffordshire University students

"Hopefully these bursaries will reduce the financial burden enabling the students to focus on their studies and realise their full potential.”

Denise Coates CBE, Denise Coates Foundation

A hundred Staffordshire University students have received bursaries worth £1,500 from the Denise Coates Foundation to help fund their studies.

The funding was made available to high achieving students from low income families to offer a helping hand as they start their degree studies.

Students living within a 20 mile radius of the University were eligible for the bursaries which are intended to help pay for food and groceries on campus as well as art materials, printing costs, books, trips and even childcare.

This is the third year that the Foundation has funded the scheme, this year with a grant of £150,000 which will be used to support 100 first year undergraduates.

Businesswoman Denise Coates CBE, who created and leads the Foundation, said: “Deciding to go into higher education is a huge decision, especially for those from lower income backgrounds.”

“Many of the students will be juggling part-time jobs alongside their studies but hopefully these bursaries will reduce the financial burden enabling them to focus on their studies and realise their full potential.”

18-year-old Shannon Brereton from Newcastle-under-Lyme, who is studying BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, commented: “This degree is a great opportunity to help me to achieve my life goals of working with children and eventually becoming a children's counsellor.”

“The bursary from the Foundation has helped me to by resources for the course including different text books as well as covering travel expenses and general costs on campus.”

“I'd like to say a big thank you to the Foundation. This is such a great help to many people who are struggling to keep up with the costs of higher education.”

Josh Rock, 19 from Rugeley, is studying BA (Hons) Social Welfare Law, Policy and Advice Practice.

“This money will help me massively with paying for books, course trips and train fares to Uni.” he commented.

“I’m very grateful to the Foundation. Thank you ever so much – I will spend it wisely!”

Deb Sanderson, Head of Graduate and Business Relations, added: “We are extremely thankful for the continued support from the Denise Coates Foundation.

"Raising aspirations and supporting those on their path into higher education is vital for the region and the bursaries will certainly help lay the foundation for the future success of these students.” 

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