Birmingham A-Level students urged to apply for university funding packages worth £2,500

  • Birmingham  A-Level students urged to apply for university funding packages worth £2,500
  • Bursaries available for students looking to study for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) degree or social science degree* 
  • Bursaries promoted by Affordable Warmth Solutions and supported by Cadent.

A-level students in Birmingham looking to study for a science or engineering degree are being invited to apply for a scholarship package worth up to £2,500.

Students at the following schools are eligible:
Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School. Bishop Challoner  School, Bishop Vesey's Grammar School, Bordesley Green Girls' School, Broadway Academy, Colmers School, Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School
Fairfax Hamstead Hall Academy, Hillcrest School,  Holte School, Holyhead School, John Willmott School, King Edward VI Aston School., North Birmingham Academy, St Edmund Campion Catholic School,St Paul's School for Girls, Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, The University of Birmingham School and Waverley Studio College.

The Malcolm Wicks Memorial Fund Bursary, promoted by community interest company Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS) and local gas distribution network Cadent, aims to support up to six young people from challenging backgrounds to achieve their potential.

Students can apply for the funding by writing an essay about the social impact of energy policy. The winners will be awarded £1,500 towards their living costs at university plus a four-week paid placement opportunity, earning them an extra £1,000 and offering them valuable work skills.

Applications are open until 14 June so any young people interested are urged to get cracking.

Information on how to apply here.

The Bursary was established by Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS) to commemorate the work of Malcolm Wicks MP, who served as its first Chair.  

AWS is a Community Interest Company (CIC) dedicated to help fight fuel poverty within the most deprived areas of Cadent’s gas distribution networks, through investing in new gas connections and energy efficiency measures in homes. 

*The subjects included as ‘social science’ courses are economics, history, political science, psychology, anthropology, sociology and human geography.


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