Each year, we provide bursaries of £3,000 to around ten new first year students from the West Midlands for their first undergraduate degrees at the University of Cambridge. We pay the bursary directly to the college the student attends for each year of the course specified by the student on their application form. The bursary can be used towards living costs, college fees or a combination of both.
OCR is part of the University of Cambridge and the fund for the scheme comes from our historical links to the West Midlands Examinations Board. For this reason, our bursary scheme is open to students completing their studies at schools or colleges in the Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire Local Education Authorities.
Since we launched the bursary scheme in 2004, we have supported around 200 students at Cambridge University. There are some conditions of course, such as achieving a minimum academic standard each year (usually second-class honours level) and colleges conﬁrming continued enrolment.
Students can apply themselves, or schools and colleges can nominate eligible students who they believe would beneﬁt from the award. Both the student and the nominating centre must complete their sections of the form and return this before the closing date.
Centres can nominate more than one student.
Remember to attach a full copy of the student UCAS form, including all references.
Please send your completed application to email@example.com
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 7 May 2024. Applications received after this date cannot be considered.
If you have any queries, please contact Julia Lewis-Holt on 02476 496552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The OCR bursary is considered on the grounds of financial hardship as well as academic merit. We use POLAR and Index of Multiple Deprivation data, along with free school meals and 16-19 bursary eligibility information when we select our bursary recipients.
We will notify provisional bursary recipients in July 2024 and conﬁrm ﬁnal oﬀers to students by September 2024, when their place at the University of Cambridge is conﬁrmed.
Bursary application forms are kept until the awarding panel decision is conﬁrmed. We keep the data of successful applicants for seven years from the date of the award.