Top 10 scholarships for school leavers heading to university

The Scholarship Hub has unveiled a list of what it rates as the best scholarships and bursaries in the UK

The Scholarship Hub, a free online database of more than 3,000 UK scholarships and bursaries, has compiled its top ten scholarships and bursaries for students wishing to study at universities in the UK.

Scholarship Hub founder, Karen Kennard, said: “The number of scholarships, grants and bursaries is rising each year, yet the vast majority of students aren’t even aware of them. 60% of students don’t even apply for scholarships, believing that they aren’t eligible, yet we know that organisations are often struggling to find applicants.

“There are many different scholarships available, that offer mentoring and work placements as well as cash, and they’re not just for disadvantaged students or linked to particular universities and subjects. Students should be checking what they might be eligible for so they don’t miss out”.

Top ten scholarships and bursaries

  1. Calling 21st century James Bonds Cyber First bursary

Offered by GCHQ, these scholarships- worth £4,000 a year – are open to UK nationals and offer paid cyber security work experience.

  1. Linguists to support the UK’s global military forces RAF intelligence bursaries

These bursaries, worth £6,000, are offered to students studying a foreign language degree who apply for – and are accepted as – an intelligence analyst.

  1. Outstanding musicians Drake Calleja Trust scholarships

Scholarships worth up to £9,000 are offered to solo instrumentalists and singers studying at music college or conservatoires in the UK at undergraduate, postgraduate or research level.

  1. Talented athletes TASS scholarships

The TASS scheme helps athletes in education – aged 16-plus – to get the very best from their sporting and academic careers without having to choose between the two.

  1. Students leaving the care system or estranged from both parents Unite Foundation scholarship

Free accommodation for the duration of a three year degree is offered to care leavers, or students estranged from their families, who are attending one of the 28 partner universities.

  1. Academic excellence and an interest in diversity for BAME students  Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership scholarships

Winners will receive £1,000, plus mentoring and work experience, with recipients able to demonstrate exemplary academic performance and interest in diversity.

  1. Tackling financial hardship Helena Kennedy Foundation

Bursaries open to students experiencing financial hardship or barriers to continuing their education.

  1. Engineers of the future Institute of Engineering and Technology Diamond Jubilee scholarships

These scholarships offer £1,000 a year, for up to three years, to students about to embark on an IET accredited degree programme. Winners will also receive professional development support and networking opportunities.

  1. Support for lower income students to study at university Lloyds Scholars

Offering a complete package comprising financial support, paid internships, a business mentor and the opportunity to develop employability skills.

  1. Breaking into TV Royal Television Society bursaries

Bursaries of up to £3,000 offered to students who are interested in a career in television, either in broadcast journalism or technology. Also provides mentoring and networking opportunities.