A student from Bedford is advising others to consider going to university with the help of a scholarship.
Applications for places on the Lloyds Scholars programme, the social mobility programme from the banking group, are now open.
Through a partnership with eight leading universities, the programme offers a complete package of financial support, paid internships and a business mentor for students from lower income households.
Joshua Smith, from Bedford, is studying history at the University College London as part of the Lloyds Scholars programme and is hoping to see more local students apply to follow in their footsteps this year.
Now in its sixth year, the programme gives undergraduates an all-round professional and vocational experience, offering an annual bursary, the chance for students to develop their employability skills and the opportunity to join the group’s graduate programme following their degree. In return, students must volunteer for at least 100 hours per year whilst participating on the programme, benefitting both the local community and developing their own employability skills.
Surveys have shown that 98% of students involved with Lloyds Scholars believe that being on the programme has made them more employable in the future.
Paul O’Neill, head of Lloyds Scholars programme, said: “We are delighted that Joshua is part of the Lloyds Scholars programme. We would love to see more promising students from Bedford apply this year, and help contribute to Lloyds Banking Group’s aim to Help Britain Prosper.”
To be eligible to apply, students must come from homes where household income is under £25,000, and have accepted their place at one of the leading universities taking part in the programme.
The partner universities are University College London, and the universities of Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Oxford, Sheffield and Warwick.