How student scholarships are changing lives

As you know this year we're fundraising for scholarships. Taking part in the Big Walk on Friday 28 June is just one way you can help ensure more bright students have the opportunity to study at Sheffield.

President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts, said: "Our students are at the heart of everything we do, and I am passionate about ensuring that they receive the highest quality education and the best possible experience during their time here. However, the reality is that for some bright students, going to university seems out of reach. Last year we received £1 million in donations and were able to award 251 new scholarships. We would like to award more."

Register for the Big Walk 2019, Friday 28 June

Student scholarships


Scholarships level the playing field for disadvantaged students

Receiving a scholarship has changed my time at Sheffield from being a source of great stress to an incredible experience. I couldn’t be more grateful.

Jasmin Yeo, BA Architecture student

Studying at Sheffield opens doors, but for many even getting here can be a challenge. Fewer than half of students from disadvantaged backgrounds go on to higher education. Financial anxiety can be a big factor in deciding whether or not to go to university. This means that bright students with so much to offer may miss out on fulfilling their potential.

To be a world-class university we must be truly inclusive. This includes widening participation of students from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds. Bringing people together with different views, approaches and insights leads to richer, more creative and innovative teaching and research and the highest levels of student experience.

Our scholarships help to level the playing field for disadvantaged students by fuelling aspirations to go on to higher education. Receiving financial support not only makes these students feel that going to university is within their reach, it gives them the confidence to pursue their ambitions.


Scholarships are awarded to UG and PG students who are most in need. This includes students who:

  • Are from low-income or disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Have caring responsibilities
  • The first in their family to go to university
  • From a school where students consistently underperform
  • Have no family support
  • Are registered disabled
  • Have been living in care

Every year more and more students are applying

It is only with your help that we can offer students the financial support that they need.

Joe Woolway, Senior Financial Support Officer, says: “My job and my team’s role is to make sure that students remain on course when they are suffering from financial difficulties. That’s why it is so difficult for us when we see so many deserving applications for the scholarship and we can’t award them because we don’t have the funds to do so. We would like people to donate because we know that we will have an increased demand for scholarships again this year.”


Over 200 staff and students have already signed up to support the cause

“I have personal tutees who are estranged from their families. The availability of scholarships makes it easier for them to pay for their education. They deserve the chance to be able to study hard, obtain good degrees and be able to go into well paid work after they graduate rather than having to work full time to support their studies.”

Big Walker 2019

“I'm really keen to help talented students who wouldn't otherwise be able attend University to study here in Sheffield and benefit from the education and life skills that being here will inevitably provide them as they move forward in their careers.” 

Mark Franklin, Big Walker 2019

“Widening access to university is really important, and sadly financial reasons can be a barrier for many people. The availability of scholarships to enable those who might think University is unattainable to think again is so important.”

Big Walker 2019

“Being able to contribute, even in a small way, to raising money for bright and ambitious students to attend university is motivating me to do this walk. Scholarships are often a dream come true for some people from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Big Walker, 2019

The Big Walk 2019