Universities

How Bursaries help students 

Over the years research has shown that bursaries have far reaching benefits for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • They allow students to buy essential equipment such as laptops, books, and travel passes.
  • They allow those from less well backgrounds to have the same opportunity to participate in university life as those from traditional backgrounds. Many of our students use funds from their bursary to join societies, sports clubs, field trips and opportunities to study abroad.
  • They take pressure of students to look for part time jobs or work extra hours to make ends meet. This in turn allow students to spend more time and energy on their studies and achieve better grades. By having to work less and spend more time on campus with fellow students many of our winners have reported back on how this has allowed them to develop personally.
  • They gain inspiration with spending more time with like-minded people. This has a great impact on their mental health and they are more likely to achieve their goals. 

Why Sponsor a Helena Kennedy Foundation Bursary ?

For many students, receiving a bursary award is like being thrown a life line - and they also need on-going and regular personal advice and support, which the foundation provide, to guide them safely to the shore. Due to the background they come from, many of our applicants do not have any mentors they can turn to for guidance. Having made personal contact with the Foundation at the time of receiving their award, the Foundation maintains regular contact with students by email, text and phone throughout the duration of their studies and beyond. This support and guidance help students stay focused and achieve their aspirations.

Types of support given by the Foundation include:

  • Maintaining regular contact with students, being a 'shoulder to cry on' and celebrating students' achievements
  • Working with students to enable them to find solutions to financial problems
  • Signposting students to expert organisations for support in overcoming specific difficulties.
  • Maintaining regular contact with students, being a 'shoulder to cry on' and celebrating students' achievements
  • Working with students to enable them to find solutions to financial problems
  • Signposting students to expert organisations for support in overcoming specific difficulties.
  • Acting as a personal referee to students entering university and liaising on behalf of students with colleges,universities and external agencies
  • Providing students with the opportunity to make contact with other award winners studying in the same university or town and with the network of HKF award winners nationally.
  • Access to a closed Facebook group where they can connect via social media.
  • Providing students with opportunities for training, work shadowing and voluntary work to develop transferable skills necessary in employment   

How your University can benefit from becoming a sponsor.

We have Worked with universities since the charity was established in 1998. We have worked in particular with the partnerships and widening participation Department. There are several advantages to working with a charity

  • Your University can work with us to enrich your university community as we work with the hardest to reach students.
  • We have a high success rate of students completing their degrees
  • Our charity helps your student access and participation plan
  • We manage all aspects of the application process so there is no burden on your resources              
  • Our charity can also help you with awarding your bursaries by targeting colleges across the UK
  • We keep all our sponsors updated through annual progress reports of how the winner is doing.

If you would like to work with us and sponsor our bursaries which would be linked to your institution please contact Shahida Aslam, who manages all aspects of the Bursary scheme.   

What our winners say

“I would like to say a big thank you to the foundation for all the support, ranging from the emails, phone calls and the money at the start of the year. This made it easier for me to get things like books, online studying subscriptions as well as supporting rent and savings by the end of the year. I recently got my results and I performed really well during my exams, especially for the clinical skills tests. This is something I enjoy the practicing the most. I have learnt a lot during this year from my studies, from being a university ambassador and representing societies such as “Friends of Doctors Without Borders”. I look forward to my second year in September, especially with the support from HKF Foundation” (Medical student)

Abdou Jouma, 2018 Winner