Students holding certificatesDonor-supported scholarships are continuing to make it possible for some of the brightest students to study at the University of East Anglia (UEA). This year’s annual Scholarships Reception, on Friday 20 April, saw a record number of students receive awards, more than a quarter of whom are from Norfolk and Suffolk.
A total of 66 gifted and talented young people who might not otherwise be able to afford to continue their studies were given over £640,000 in funding donated by the University’s own private supporters. The awards of scholarship are a key feature of The Difference Campaign, which was launched six years ago and has so far supported more than 500 individuals as well as raised fund for medical research, climate change study and creativity.
Vice-Chancellor Professor David Richardson said: “UEA scholarships are vital to improving access to university for talented students from less affluent backgrounds, as well as for those who excelled at undergraduate level and wish to pursue postgraduate studies. With 81 donor-funded scholarships in place at UEA, we are confident and proud of UEA’s role in widening participation in higher education, improving social capital in our country and attracting talented international students, whom we welcome warmly to East Anglia.”
New scholarships launched this academic year include:
• The Nick Hynes Scholarship, for an undergraduate student studying Social Sciences, awarded to Psychology student Jasmine Florence
• The Main Scholarship, for a student on the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction), awarded to Jayne Farnworth
• The Lee Bray Scholarship, for a student from the Lowestoft/Waveney region, awarded to Occupational Therapy student Leah Ellingham
The awards include scholarships for the Medical Aspirations Programme, founded by UEA alumnus David Tibble, which supports local students who aspire to medical careers. Zara Court (pictured above, third from right), one of the seven students to be awarded a scholarship this year, said: “I consider the help I received from the Medical Aspirations Programme to be one of the predominant reasons why I was fortunate enough to receive my place here. Medicine has been my aspiration for many years and to have that help to both get here and now help to pay for it, I feel I could not have been luckier.”
Scholarships are also a draw for international students. Carmen Morawski, an American student studying UEA’s prestigious Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) MA and recipient of one of this year’s Santander Postgraduate Scholarships, said: “As a student paying international tuition fees, this scholarship has made a huge difference by enabling me to fund my studies and providing me with tangible affirmation of the value of my creative projects and aspirations. I am truly grateful.”
To find out more about scholarships at UEA, please visit our scholarships webpage or email
This year's Scholarships Reception Ceremony is available on DVD. If you would like a copy, please email