Bursary Support for Dorset Residents on Vocational Courses

Two bursary funds managed by the Foundation are now open for applications.

Local young residents looking to access or continue vocational (job - related) courses can apply for funding for travel costs, equipment, special clothing etc.

Bursary Support for Dorset Residents on Vocational Courses

The Superior STEM Bursary Fund, established by local engineering company Superior, will focus on supporting students aged 16-21 with grants of up to £1,500 who are undertaking a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) course at either Bournemouth and Poole or Brockenhurst College. The fund will only support students from a particular area in Dorset covering Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Wimborne and the surrounding areas.

Support of up to £1,000 is available from the Foundation’s own Bursary Scheme which supports young people aged 16-21 from across Dorset. Those on traineeships affiliated with the four local colleges can also apply for support.

Both the Superior STEM Bursary Fund and the DCF Bursary Scheme assist young people who are particularly disadvantaged.

The Foundation established the DCF Bursary Scheme thanks to a legacy gift from a local retired teacher Marjorie Gordon who was passionate about education.

Over 50 students, like Charles, 16, have already received support. He comes from a single parent household and cares for his mum and his sister who are both registered disabled. The bursary paid for travel to college, enabling him to pursue his dream of becoming a sports teacher.

Dorset Community Foundation has distributed over £10 million in support to hundreds of local groups across the county over the last 16 years. Thousands of Dorset residents facing exclusion and disadvantage have received help through the generosity of local people, companies and trusts the charity works with.

The Foundation’s local expertise enables donations and legacies to reach though to where they are needed most – helping those most in need across the county.

Deadline for applications is noon on 30/09.

To apply please click here.

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