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If you are a new UK/EU undergraduate student from a low income background, you will be eligible for the Oxford fee reduction and bursary package. Thanks to a generous donation by Sir Michael Moritz and his wife Ms Harriet Heyman, you may instead be eligible for a programme of enhanced support. This programme provides additional funding, opportunities to take part in volunteering activities, and the opportunity to access at least one internship during the summer vacations.
Am I eligible and how do I apply?
You do not need to apply. From mid September each year, eligible new first-year students will be invited to become Moritz-Heyman Scholars. One hundred students will be selected in the autumn of 2014. All of the following will be taken into account in selecting students:
- household income: only UK-resident students from households with incomes of £16,000 or less are eligible (as assessed by their funding agency)
- rate of participation in higher education in the post code where the student lives
- socio-economic indicators in the post code where the student lives
- their school’s average attainment at GCSE and A-Level
- their school's history of sending students to Oxford
- Care Leavers
All subjects are eligible, but greater weighting is given in the selection process to students studying subjects in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Students undertaking a second undergraduate degree will not be eligible.
If you are not selected and your household income is below £16,000, you will still be eligible for the Oxford fee reduction and bursary package.
What does the Scholarship cover?
If selected, you will benefit from:
- Bursaries of £5,500 for each year of your course for living costs
- A reduction in your fee to £3,500 for each year of your course
- Access to opportunities for work experience in at least one summer internship
When this support is combined with maintenance grants from the government, we estimate that you would need to take out a loan of £3,500 per year to cover fees.
What is expected of me as a Moritz-Heyman Scholar?
You must commit to participate in volunteering activities, for example by supporting potential students from low income groups to apply to Oxford or by visiting schools. You will be supported in finding suitable opportunities by the Moritz-Heyman Scholarship Officer and the Oxford Hub.
You will also have tailored access to internship opportunities through the Careers Service and will be fully supported throughout your course in developing your career and preparing for the world of work or further study after your degree at Oxford.
What if I do not wish to take up the Moritz-Heyman Scholarship?
If selected for the Scholarship, you will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to take this up. If you choose not to participate, you will still be eligible for Oxford's package of fee reductions and bursaries for students from household incomes of £16,000 or less.
How do I obtain further information?
If you require further information on the Moritz-Heyman Scholarship Programme you can contact the Moritz-Heyman Scholarship Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org