Centenary Scholarship

The University of Leicester was founded nearly 100 years ago by members of the local community, to honour loved ones who served, and in many cases died, in World War I. To preserve that spirit of philanthropy and community service during our forthcoming centenary commemorations, the University is awarding 100 Centenary Scholarships to undergraduate students beginning study in September 2020.

The scholarships recognise students who have overcome adversity or made sacrifices in pursuit of their goals, ideally in service to something greater than themselves.

Each Centenary Scholar will be awarded a one-off £1,000 cash scholarship to help them with their studies and living expenses.

How to apply

  • Simply write up to 250 words explaining how you exemplify the founding spirit of the University.
  • To apply, please complete the application form.
  • The closing date for entries is 31 October 2020. 
  • Winners will be notified during November 2020, and their awards will be paid in February 2021.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be a new student starting a full time undergraduate campus-based course in September 2020. Please do not apply for this scholarship until you have received your University of Leicester Number.
  • You must demonstrate how you have made sacrifices or overcome adversity to achieve your goal. This could range from surviving conflict in your home country, to caring for a family member, to putting in a huge effort to achieve excellence in academic, artistic, sporting or other pursuits.
  • If your application is successful, we will ask for evidence before confirming your award. 
  • Acceptance of a Centenary Scholarship does not affect eligibility for any other scholarship or financial aid schemes.

Priority consideration will be given to students who meet at least one of the additional priority criteria described on the application form.