The Charity’s purpose is to help students up to 25 years old, who have lived in the area of benefit for not less than five years, and who are in need of financial assistance to meet the costs of their secondary, further and/or vocational educational courses. In addition the Trust can support extra-curricular activities offered by youth groups such as Guides, Scouts and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Assuming that financial need exists for a student, the Trustees may:
Applicants are asked to complete a form setting out the case for help. The appropriate form should be selected from the adjacent menu depending on the student’s status and course of study.
The application is usually followed by a meeting between the applicant and two Trustees, who subsequently present the case to a full meeting of the Trustees.
Should an applicant wish to discuss their application prior to submitting a completed form, they should e-mail the Secretary with their enquiries or ring the Charity phone line and leave a message. In either case, a Trustee will respond quickly to their enquiry.
For undergraduates, the student’s level of assistance from the Student Loan Company will be the principal guide for the Trustees in assessing each application. Likewise, for 16 – 19 year olds at Sixth Form and FE Colleges, the student’s eligibility for help via free school/college meals or the Student Bursary fund will be taken into account.
For those seeking help with vocational or post-graduate courses, the Trustees will make an appraisal of the applicant’s financial position and the total costs to be incurred.
The Trustees meet regularly at six weekly intervals to consider applications for help. In cases where it is able to help, the Charity either meets in full or contributes to the costs of any help approved, either by a direct payment to the academic establishment or on occasion direct to the student upon presentation of receipts. In the case of termly bursaries, payment is dependent upon a satisfactory report as to the student’s attendance and progress from the educational establishment.
Is your permanent residence in Egham, Englefield Green, Egham Hythe or Virginia Water? Have you lived in the area for some time, ideally 5 years?