Hundreds of students to benefit from scholarships

INVESTING ... Lesley Griffin from Sunderland University.
INVESTING ... Lesley Griffin from Sunderland University.
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UNIVERSITY students in Sunderland are among hundreds in the region who could be in line for a £10,000 boost.

More than £3million has been allocated to the North East to allow those from under-represented groups to do a master’s degree.

MOVING UP:  Maria Catterick got a scholarship to study an MA at Durham University.

MOVING UP: Maria Catterick got a scholarship to study an MA at Durham University.

A total of 610 students in the region, including 89 at the University of Sunderland, will receive a £10,000 postgraduate scholarship award, aimed at supporting those unable to pursue further study, through issues such as financial barriers or family responsibilities.

Under the Postgraduate Support Scheme, launched last year, the Government has announced Sunderland will get £445,000, which will cover half of the costs of the scholarships and the rest will be met by the university.

Lesley Griffin, assistant director for student recruitment at the University of Sunderland, said: “Higher education has a life-changing impact on graduates and is good for the region.

“We are investing in these scholarships because we know many people would like to further their education past first degree, but the costs can be daunting for people who may already have home and family commitments.”

We are investing in these scholarships because we know many people would like to further their education past first degree, but the costs can be daunting for people who may already have home and family commitments.

Lesley Griffin, Sunderland University

For those eligible, the £10,000 scholarship will cover the entire tuition fee and some living costs.

Newcastle University has been awarded £730,000, Northumbria University £775,000, Durham University £750,000 and Teesside University, £350,000.

Maria Catterick, who got a scholarship to study an MA at Durham University last year, said it opened the door to academic opportunities that had been out of reach

Maria said: “The scholarship gave me the extra incentive to work hard, so that those who had extended this award would see a worthwhile return on their investment.”