Fast approaching deadline for 2022/23 grant applications!

The deadline for applications for 2022/23 grants is 23:59 on Friday 22nd July 2022.  All applications are to be made online by going to the Scholarships page on our website and clicking on "Apply Here". For those applicants who are successful in progressing to the second round of the application process, we will be conducting interviews in the first half of August. Final decisions on grants are expected to be made by the end of August. Good luck to all those who apply!

Please support us – we're looking for sponsors!

It is exciting to think that soon (by the end of June) we will be starting on the next cycle of WEST grants by opening up applications for the upcoming academic year 2022/23!

In the meantime, we are working on promoting our charity to potential sponsors who can help with funding. Previously these grants have been entirely self-funded by the Board of the charity, but in order to continue the valuable work which we are doing, we now need to concentrate on securing external funding.

We are reaching out to potential individual donors or organisations who are known for supporting ethnic communities charities, whom we could contact to tell them more about the work we do, and whom we could ask for support through, for example, funding.

Please click to download a 1-page flyer which you can share with anybody who could be interested in supporting us. This flyer provides a little more information about what we do and the British students who have been the extremely well-deserving recipients of our grants so far. It also includes a quote from one of our grant recipients which highlights how much it means to be awarded a WEST scholarship grant.

Our website offers opportunities for individual donations of amounts starting from as small as £5. We also have a page for corporate donations, whereby an organisation can sponsor a particular student or students for a defined number of grants. For example, to sponsor one student, it would involve a donation of £1,000 for a full one-year scholarship grant.

Thank you in advance for your time and support!

Middlesex University article on just how amazing some of our 2021/22 grant recipients are!

Please read the following article just published by Middlesex University. It tells just how amazing the 2021/22 grant recipients from Middlesex University are – a true inspiration to others!

 

University of Oxford Masters Student receives a WEST 2021/22 grant

Hannah Lloyd
MPhil Development Studies

University of Oxford

Peer comment upon Hannah being awarded a £1,000 WEST scholarship grant for a second consecutive year*:

“Working with Hannah over the year, I got to witness her passion for developing young people first hand. She works daily to support and shape young leaders, and crucially to help them improve access to Oxford University. And now it’s vital that Hannah be able to take this step for her own development and future at a University which a. is ridiculously expensive, but most importantly b. Hannah has worked so hard to improve and open up!"

Olubunmi Obayomi, studying a BA Fashion Textiles and Design, receives a grant!

Olubunmi Obayomi
BA Fashion Textiles and Design

Middlesex University

Upon being awarded a £1,000 WEST scholarship grant:

“The WEST scholarship is a step further in the achievement of my dream to give back to the community.  Thanks a lot, WEST.” 

Nicolette Porter is another lucky recipient of a 2021/22 WEST grant

Nicolette Porter
BSc Midwifery

Middlesex University

Upon being awarded a £1,000 WEST scholarship grant:

“I am delighted and feel honoured to be receiving the WEST scholarship grant. I massively appreciate the work that WEST does to help students like myself in the BAME community and I hope that other students will feel encouraged keep working hard and believe in themselves.”

Another one of our lucky 2021/22 grant recipients: Kyle McAdam-Whyte

Kyle McAdam-Whyte
BSc Mathematics
Middlesex University

Upon being awarded a £1,000 WEST scholarship grant:

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste. This has become more evident to me the last couple of years since I’ve become paralysed and has inspired me to use my mind to better myself by studying a mathematics degree.”

Meet our five 2021/22 grant recipients! In no particular order...

Savannah Gordon

BSc Biochemistry
Middlesex University

Inspirational quote upon being awarded a £1,000 WEST scholarship grant:

“Life can be tough, confusing and hard to navigate. There will be times when you’re stuck and don’t know what to do. You will have times where you mess up and make mistakes. You’ll have times where you question yourself and your abilities. I sure have. What I’ve learnt is, that it’s okay. I’m not the only one, you’re not the only one – it happens to the best of us. However, in those moments I really had to dig deep and re-adjust my focus to not only achieve all I’ve achieved but exceed all expectations.”

Announcement of 2021/22 Grant Recipients

We are delighted to announce that we now have a second cohort of recipients of the WEST scholarship grant! At the start of the academic year 2021/22, after a thorough application and selection process, we decided to award £1000 scholarship grants to 5 very deserving British students of Black African and Caribbean heritage. We will be publicising individual information about them very shortly!

Please meet 2020/21 grant recipient no. 5...

Sharon Nakiyimba

BA Education Studies
Middlesex University

Upon being awarded a £1,000 WEST scholarship grant:

"The WEST scholarship is a life changer for those like me that never stop believing BUT continue to achieve at any given opportunity."

 

 

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