Additional Sources of Funding:
Trust Funds, Sponsorships and Scholarships etc.
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The following are some additional sources of funding which you may wish to consider:
1. Educational Trust and Endowments - independent charitable organisations who give money to
2. Sponsorships - awards made by independent companies and businesses providing financial support
to students for courses of further and higher education.
3. Scholarships - awards made from foundations within Universities and by external independent
organisations. Scholarships exist for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
All 3 sources may offer help with any, or all, of the following:
Special sports activities.
Special projects (including research).
1. Educational Trusts and Endowments
There are numerous Trust Funds however, you can only get help from a trust if you meet the eligibility
conditions of that trust. The conditions vary from trust to trust and the trustees decide if you are eligible.
Information regarding trusts can be found in:
The Charities Digest, published by the Family Welfare Association.
The Grants Register, published by Palgrave MacMillan.
The Directory of Grant Making Trusts, published by the Charities Aid Foundation.
The Educational Grants Directory, published by the Directory of Social Change.
Trusts vary a great deal in their policies, styles of working, and administrative procedures. It may,
therefore, be worthwhile remembering to:
Do your homework beforehand.
Prepare your application carefully.
Use the various Trust Fund and Grant-making directories to find trusts which may be able to help
you and to rule out those which will not be applicable (see Sources of Information later in this booklet).
It is a good idea to draw up a short list of possible trusts. This should include:
Trusts which operate in the area where you live/where you are from. Pay special attention to trusts
which only fund in your area.
Trusts which are interested in your field of study/work.
Trusts which have the funds to make grants of the size you require.
It is worth noting that many Trust Funds publish information leaflets for applicants. It is advisable to obtain
these and application forms (where applicable) before you begin to write your covering letter/letter of
Trust Fund Databases/Registers
The Student Awards Agency (SAAS) and the Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS) both maintain
registers of Trust Funds, which may offer financial help to certain students.
Maintains a register of Educational Endowments containing information on Scottish trusts, many of
which are local and open only to Scottish students wishing to study at Scottish universities. SAAS
will search the register for you if you send them a completed enquiry form (REE1). These forms are
available on the SAAS website at www.saas.gov.uk or by writing to SAAS at:
The Student Awards Agency for Scotland
3 Redheughs Rigg
Edinburgh EH12 9YT
Tel: 0845 111 1711
Provides information and advice on funding for post-16 education and maintains a database of
charitable trusts. On receipt of a completed Student Questionnaire, EGAS will write to the student
with information on statutory funding and benefits to which he/she is entitled and recommend other
appropriate funding options, including charitable trusts. Student Questionnaires are available from
the Welfare/Student Services reception or by writing to EGAS at:
501-505 Kingland Road
London E8 4AU
Tel: 0207 254 6251
(remember to enclose a stamped, self addressed envelope)
Student Services also has a Trust Fund Database called Funderfinder. Please ask for further
information from the Welfare Adviser on your campus. The Welfare Adviser would welcome
feedback about your searches.
Completing Your Application
Here are a few general points to consider when writing your application:
Trusts need to be satisfied that you have exhausted every other possible source of funding
(sometimes this includes loans) before applying for charitable help.
Most trusts have specific eligibility criteria such as residency, age or nationality.
Trusts rarely make an award without reasonable assurances that any outstanding amount needed to
complete the cost of the course will be met from other sources.
It is rarely possible to obtain help at short notice as many trusts meet infrequently or have strict
closing dates for applications, sometimes as much as a year in advance of when the course starts.
Study abroad is rarely considered unless you are applying to a body dedicated to funding study in a
So you should remember to include the following:
Details of your circumstances, including the title and a brief description of your course of study.
A budget sheet, preferably covering the academic year, should include your income and
expenditure. It is advisable to calculate this carefully and not to economise on essentials.
Ask for a specific amount of money. Give details about the size of grant you require and how you
will raise funds for the remainder of the sum, if need be.
State how a grant will help you.
Completed Your Application?
Photocopy your application and keep a copy for your own information.
Send your applications to the Trust Funds you are applying to as soon as you can (preferably by
recorded delivery to ensure safe delivery).
Wait patiently. Trust Fund application processes can be slow, but the outcome can be worthwhile.
Some trusts will invite you to attend an interview, whereas others will deal with your application by letter
only. Some trusts may wish to discuss your application over the telephone.
Outcome of Your Application
If you do receive a grant, contact the Trust Fund(s) to acknowledge receipt of the payment, and
don't forget to thank the funder.
Try to keep in touch with the Trust Fund(s). You may be asked to produce a short report about how
the grant has helped you and how your studies/research are progressing.
If you do not receive a grant-don't give up! Your application to other funds may be successful.
Keep a record of all applications made. This may be of use to you in the future.
Please do not contact Trustees to appeal/object to their decision. The initial decision is final.
Trusts which have regularly supported University of Paisley students:
Renfrewshire Educational Trust.
Renfrewshire District Trust Fund.
John Mather Trust.
Sutherland Page Trust.
Elizabeth Nuffield Educational Fund.
Peter Coats Trust.
Information about these trusts will be publicised within Student Services as it is received.
Sponsorships and Scholarships
Some companies sponsor students throughout their degree course. It may be worth contacting individual
companies or businesses for further information.
You may also wish to consult the Reading List for further information.
Sponsorship tends to be given by independent companies and businesses, who are effectively "investing"
in students. Sponsorships are normally arranged before the start of a course of study, and sometimes
include an agreement between the sponsor and the student.
Where to Look and How to Apply
Contact companies and businesses directly in writing.
Keep a record of all enquiries made.
Your University department may have contacts with some companies. It may be worthwhile looking
If you hear about the possibility of a sponsorship, contact the sponsor for details of how to apply.
Complete your application and keep copies for your records.
Send your application to the sponsor by recorded delivery to ensure safe arrival.
Wait to hear from the sponsor.
Remember to thank your sponsor should you receive an award.
As with Trust Funds, the criteria for awarding scholarships varies greatly. Some awarding bodies will
favour a particular discipline while others will only fund students from a particular area or background. It
is important to explore all the options. Apply for Scholarships in the same way as Trust Funds.
Some tips for applying
Every scholarship is different, so you must approach each application and/or interview differently.
The more you know about the organisation, the better chance you have of success.
Knowing who created the scholarship can help you understand the people who will be reviewing
your application. It can also give you ideas to introduce during an interview or an essay.
If at all possible, find out who has won the scholarship in the past and ask how they presented
Scholarships for International Students
The British Council provide information on funding for overseas students. Try the following websites:
Two other sources of funding remain for your consideration:
4. Student Association Hardship Fund
The University of Paisley Students’ Association operates a Hardship Fund. Contact the Students’
Association Welfare Officer for more information.
5. Part-time Employment
Another option is to work on a part-time basis whilst studying at University.
Where to Look?
Noticeboards within Student Services.
Careers Information Room (Part-time Employment folder and Summer Employment folder).
Working part-time during your course will not affect your Student Support application to SAAS/LEA/
Northern Ireland Library Boards. However, it might be worth noting the following:
It is advisable to read through your employment contract before signing (if applicable).
Check your university course timetable before agreeing to work certain hours to avoid clashes.
Try to avoid working to the extent that your studies are impaired.
WELFARE ADVISER/WELFARE ASSISTANT (where applicable)
Should you require information about any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact a Welfare
Adviser or Welfare Assistant for assistance. Alternatively come along to one of our Trust Fund
Information Sessions. These will be advertised throughout the academic year.
How Can We Help?
Should you wish to discuss any aspect of student funding please contact a Welfare Adviser on your
campus, telephone numbers are listed overleaf.
Sources of Information
Listed below are some useful website addresses. (The University of Paisley does not accept
responsibility for the information displayed on these websites).
www.opfs.org.uk/helpdesk/infopool/edtrst_s.html (for one parent families)
www.skill.org.uk (for students with disabilities)
1. A Guide to the Major Trusts
The Top 300 Trusts
Luke Fitzherbert, Dominic Addison & Faisel Rahman
Published by Directory of Social Change.
2. The Directory of Grant Making Trusts
Published by the Charities Aid Foundation.
3. The Charities Digest
Published by the Family Welfare Association.
4. The Grants Register
Published by Palgrave MacMillan.
5. Everything you Wanted to Know about Sponsorship (but were afraid to ask)
Published by Amoeba Publications.
6. Sponsorship for Students
Produced by the Careers and Occupational Information Centre.
For personal use:
Record of Trust Fund applications made
Trust Fund Date Outcome
Paisley PA1 2BE
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