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Loughborough launches crowdfunding appeal to support high achieving students on their university journey

Loughborough University is asking its graduates and supporters to contribute to a scholarship fund through a crowdfunding appeal to help the next generation of Loughborough students.

The campaign, on the Crowdfunder website, is aiming to generate £10,000 of funding, which will provide support for high achieving students from lower income backgrounds who might find it more difficult than others to finance their education.

“The transition from school to university can be a really exciting time, but we know that the financial implications of going into higher education can be daunting for some students and their families,” says Emma Leech, Director of Marketing and Advancement. “We want to make sure that no one is deterred from studying for a degree, and that talented students from lower income families have the chance to further their education and reach their full potential.”

To support such students, Loughborough offers a broad scholarships package, which includes the Development Trust Scholarships, funded through generous donations from the University’s alumni and other supporters.

Emma continues: “Our graduates regularly tell us that the experience they had at Loughborough had a huge bearing on their future. It gave them the knowledge, skills and experience that enabled them to get into and advance in their chosen career. Now we’d like them, and our other supporters, to help us ensure that the next generation of students at Loughborough can benefit from that same experience.”

The £10,000 target will allow the University to offer one Development Trust Scholarship, worth £9,000 over three years, and two Hardship Bursaries of £500 each. Hardship Bursaries support students who find themselves in unforeseen financial difficulty while they are studying for their degree.

Christina, who is studying for a BSc in Psychology, received a Development Trust Scholarship in 2014.

"The Scholarship has made such a difference to me,” says Christina. “It’s enabled me to make the most of the opportunities at Loughborough, which will have a hugely positive impact on whatever I decided to do next.

“My main goal at the moment though is to gain a First Class Honours degree and to show just how much students from less privileged backgrounds can achieve if they have access to the right support, such as a Development Trust Scholarship.

“By donating to the Scholarships you’re providing students like me with a real vote of confidence, showing that you believe in their potential to excel as a Loughborough University student, and I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us in the past and to those who will in the future. A gift, no matter how small, makes a real difference.”

To help support other students like Christina, go to Loughborough’s Development Trust Scholarships crowdfunding campaign site.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. It was also named University of the Year in the In the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015 and Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.



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