Hello, we’re the Unite Foundation and we offer a University Scholarship, specifically for care leavers/care experienced people (if you go to university in Scotland) or young people estranged from their family. We’ve included some definitions at the bottom of this blog to help explain what we mean!
What's on offer?
Having somewhere of your own to call home matters. With the Unite Foundation scholarship, you’ll have accommodation and bills covered for up to 3 years of study. That includes all through the holidays too, so you don’t have to wonder where to go during Christmas or summer. You can even stay the summer after you graduate to plan your next move.
This year there are over 100 scholarships available. You can apply for the scholarship via our website and you’ll find an application guide in there, which also answers FAQs. This year’s application process closes on 1st June 2023, but the scholarship runs every year, so keep it in mind for future even if you’re not eligible this year. If you’re unsuccessful, you can also re-apply in future years. Any questions, drop our small but friendly team an email at Info@UniteFoundation.org.uk
How we've supported the students on our scholarship?
We’re celebrating 10 years of providing these transformational awards and so far, over 600 estranged and care experienced young people across the UK have gone to university on the Unite Foundation scholarship. The Unite Foundation team will help you settle in, keep in touch, and offer opportunities for employment and enjoyment.
Independent research from Jisc revealed that students on our scholarships stayed on course and enjoyed significantly better completion and grade outcomes. For example, drop-out rates for scholarship students are significantly lower. Unite Foundation Scholarship students stay at university. Our students progressed from their 1st to 2nd year of programme within two academic years at the same percentage as non-care leaver students and at a statistically significantly higher percentage to the other care leavers groups examined.
We also support students who are estranged, or care experienced with a free national community, founded in 2022. This student-led community is for any Higher Education students from this background – they don’t need to be on the scholarship. The online social network alone has over 600 members and we continue to grow across the UK, in-person and virtually.
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