Charities, trusts and foundations

There are a number of funding opportunities, internal and external, available to Keele students to help with the day to day costs of being at university, some of which are listed below.

Please note this scholarship has closed for the 2019/20 academic year.

What is this Scholarship?

The Denise Coates Scholarship issues 100 x £1,500 awards to eligible undergraduate students.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible students need to:

  • Be in the first year of their course in 19/20
  • Be an undergraduate student 
  • Have an ST postcode (home address not term-time address)
  • Have a household income of below £25,000

How do I apply?

The online application form is live Monday 3 - Friday 21 February 2020.

A panel will then decide the successful 100 applications and students will be notified of the outcome.

I am a foundation year student - can I apply?

Yes, the foundation year is classed as the first year of your course.

Can I receive this Scholarship if I receive Keele Bursary and/or Keele Excellence Scholarship?

Yes.

Will I receive this award in subsequent academic years?

No, the Denise Coates Scholarship will be awarded in the current academic year only.

Please note this scholarship has closed for the 2019/20 academic year.

This scholarship has been made possible through the generosity of Dr Matt Woods who graduated from Keele in 1996 with a BSc in Economics and Physics and was awarded a PhD in 2000. He was chair of the KPA from 1998-2000, has served on the University Council and currently resides in New York. Read more about Matt Woods here.

What is this scholarship?

This scholarship will award three first year undergraduate students £1,500 each. 

What are the criteria?

To be eligible for this award students should:

  • be a full time undergraduate 
  • be in year 1 of their course in 19/20
  • have a home address (not term-time) with a postcode from a low participation area (Polar 4, quintile 1-3) - check your postcode here

The panel will select 1 successful student from each faculty.

How can I apply for the Scholarship?

The Woods Family Scholarship application form is live Monday 3 - Friday 21 February 2020.

Can I receive this Scholarship if I receive Keele Bursary and/or Keele Excellence Scholarship?

Yes.

Can I receive this Scholarship if I receive Denise Coates Scholarship?

No, you can only receive one of these awards although, if eligible, you can apply to both.

I am a foundation year student-can I apply?

No, unfortunately foundation year students will not be eligible for this Scholarship.

I am a repeat year student-can I apply?

No, students who are repeating the year are not eligible.

Will I receive this award in subsequent academic years?

No, the Scholarship will be awarded in the current academic year only.

Please note this scholarship has closed for the 2019/20 academic year.

Phil Soar is a Keele graduate (History and Sociology and Social Anthropology, 1969) and a member of the College of Fellows at Keele University. Beyond Keele, Phil Soar is a respected and successful author, publisher and businessman. In the past 20 years, he has built up one of the best collections of football books and periodicals in the world. Phil has written and collaborated on numerous football histories that have been widely acclaimed (e.g. Encyclopaedia of British Football & Arsenal 1886-1986). Phil is Chairman/CEO of a number of large media groups such as Blenheim, DeAgostini, Eaglemoss, Spearhead, CloserStill. Brand Events and Nineteen (19) Events.

Phil Soar has set up these bursaries to provide a student from a similar background to himself the opportunity to access the vital funding they need to support their higher education experience at Keele, just as he enjoyed.

What is this bursary?

£1,500 cash award for five first year undergraduates, which will be paid to them in each year of their study.

What are the criteria?

To be eligible for this award you should:

  • Have commenced the first year of your course in 19/20 (can be Foundation Year)
  • Be an undergraduate home student
  • Have a household income of below £25,000, come from a WP area, or be part of an under represented group: e.g estranged, BAME, student carer etc
  • Complete an application including a short 500 word essay

How can I apply for the bursary?

The application form is live Monday 3 - Friday 21 February 2020.

Terms and Conditions

  • Students who receive the Philip Soar Bursaries will not be eligible for Denise Coates or Woods Family Scholarship
  • They can, however, still receive Keele Bursary / Estranged & Care leavers bursary / Excellence Scholarship
  • Students can only receive 1 award per academic year, e.g repeat years will not be payable
  • If a student withdraws, they will receive no further payments

This external organisation awards £2,000 per year to a student studying a course relating to Sport Science, Nutrition, Exercise, Food Science, Medicine or Biology.

Full details on eligibilty and the application process on the Fitness Savvy website.

The Realise Foundation has a number of grants and bursaries targeted at people residing in the Stoke and Staffordshire area and addresses a range of social, health and social mobility issues. Visit the Staffs Foundation and Realise Foundation websites for more information.

If you’re studying an undergraduate degree, you could get up to £3000 a year for the duration of your course, with postgraduate students offered up to £5000 a year. To be eligible for a grant, you need to have a parent or spouse who works for one of the Trust’s 3 eligible occupations. To apply or find out more, follow the link.

Find out more about scholarships on the RCN Foundation website.