ANNA – TESTIMONIAL
“S & W came to my rescue when they supported me financially to go towards all my expenses.”

1. What did S&W help you with?

My name is Anna and I am so grateful for the financial support I am receiving from Scwab and Westheimer. The Charitable Trust is helping me with funds for my living expenses and study resources. This includes travelling expenses to and from Bradford University, costs for buying study materials and any other daily living expenses as I am studying full time and not working.

2. What was your biggest challenge you faced?

I was working full time when I got a place to study at Bradford University doing an MA in Social Work. I reduced my working hours by half but it was not easy to juggle university work, my job and home life as I have children too. My work started suffering, same as my university work and home life. I was getting more and more stressed and afraid that I would lose both my job and not complete the course successfully. I eventually chose to quit my job but was worried how I was going to manage financially.

3. How did Schwab & Westheimer help you overcome?

S & W came to my rescue when they supported me financially to go towards all my expenses as mentioned above. This support was for a few months, but the Trustees reviewed my financial situation and they referred me to the Refugee Support Network, who made an assessment of my financial situation and recommended me to S & W for further support. The day that Paola (S & W Administrator) rang me with good news that the Trustees had agreed to support me every month until I finish my course in 2016, I broke down in tears. I was so overjoyed; I could not believe it and I considered myself blessed. I am ever so grateful and thank the whole organisation and its Trustees for this generosity. To Paola, a heartfelt thank you, she is empathetic, listens, and is kind and caring.

4. What are your dreams for the future?

I am studying so hard and I cannot see anything standing in my way to hinder a successful completion of my MA in Social Work, and working as a Social Worker, giving back to the Community what has been given to me.

- Anna

WESTHEIMER SCHOLARSHIPS

Up to three people a year will be supported with a Westheimer Scholarship to study for a first degree or professional qualification. The scholarship will pay home tuition fees*, and associated study costs. The specific amount awarded will be dependent on the candidate’s individual circumstances and university location.

*The trust will help candidates who are successful at interview to request home fees from their chosen university. The final award of a Westheimer Scholarship will be dependent on successfully getting a 'home' tuition fee offer.

What we offer

What you will need

3 Scholarships per year

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University enrollment

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Help with a degree

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Personal reference

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Please make sure you meet the following criteria before applying:

  1. Be 28 years old or younger.
  2. Be an asylum seeker (or the dependent of an asylum seeker) who is awaiting a decision or appealing a decision for asylum from the UK Home Office; OR a person (or dependent of a person) who claimed asylum in the UK and has been granted Limited Leave to Remain or some other form of temporary status such as Calais Leave, Discretionary Leave to Remain, Section 67 leave, UASC leave.
  3. A student wishing to pursue an undergraduate degree in social care, medicine, nursing, or related health or social care professions.

Applications will open on 17th May 2021, and close at midnight on 17th June 2021. Interviews for successful candidates will be held in July 2021.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document before beginning the online application form.

Please also read our online application form Guidance Notes before beginning an application.

Please note that there is no advantage for students who submit their applications first, so please take your time and fill in applications carefully. Applications must be made using the online form - however, should you wish to prepare your answers, you can do so using this Word version of the form.

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