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York Futures Scholarship

300 applications

received in 2018

only 106 scholarships

were able to be funded

Getting the most from university

In today's highly competitive employment market, a good degree from a top university isn't always enough to secure that all-important graduate position. Financial barriers can make it particularly difficult for students from lower-income backgrounds to gain relevant work experience and skills.

Anna Rivera, York Futures Scholar

You can help today

Right now, we can support just 106 students a year out of over 300 applicants. With your help, we can help support more students than ever before.

Support a student

How your donations will help

There are four levels of funding available to students based on their individual needs and the nature of their plans, allowing you to support a student through various activities during their university life, helping them to prepare for their future. 

A donation today will help provide students at York with a York Futures Scholarship totalling:


These awards will be supporting a student in their career development, travelling to interviews or being able to accept unpaid work.


These awards will support a student who has been offered a career development opportunity, helping them with travel and living costs.


These awards will support a student looking to accept an international internship or work at an overseas summer school.


These awards can support a student who has secured a year long placement either at home or abroad.

Having that extra money helps so much because I didn't have to worry about how am I going to afford going to all these events so I can try to network and try to get a job. And at the same time I can focus more on like my actual degree.

Anna Rivera, York Futures Scholar

Supporting students

By giving to the York Futures Scholarship programme, you can make a difference to talented undergraduate students who would otherwise struggle.

Financial barriers can make it particularly difficult for students from lower-income backgrounds to gain relevant work experience and skills.

Your support gives students the chance to seize career and volunteering opportunities by bridging the gap between student loans and the cost of living.

To be eligible for a York Futures Scholarship, students must:

  1. demonstrate academic ability
  2. be seeking to develop skills through involvement in the University, wider community, internships or work experience.

Kirsty Hensleigh, York Futures Scholar

Creating opportunity

Here at York we want to make sure every student has equal access to opportunity and the chance to make the most of their time during their studies. Therefore, applications from students with the following backgrounds will receive preference:

  • Socially or economically disadvantaged

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)

  • Consider themselves to have a disability

  • LGBT+

  • Live in a location where relocation or significant travel are essential to access your proposed opportunity

Your support will provide:

  • more freedom for our brightest students from lower-income families to develop their potential
  • a springboard to a fulfilling career that will benefit the students and those they share their knowledge with too.

If you are interested in setting up a named scholarship, please contact Sarah Sylvester, Associate Director and Head of Individual Giving.