OCR offers a helping hand to West Midlands students


Bursary - Michael SharrockOCR has launched its 2013 bursary scheme for students from the West Midlands who are going to study at University of Cambridge.

This will be the tenth successive year that OCR has awarded bursaries to some of the most talented students studying at schools and colleges in the West Midlands region. Recipients will receive £3,000 for each year of their undergraduate studies which they can use for living or tuition costs or a combination of both. The award fund, arising from OCR’s historical association with the West Midlands Exam Board, helps talented students in the region make the most of their studies at the University of Cambridge.

Last year, ten students from schools and colleges in Birmingham, Coventry, Hereford, Lichfield, and Solihull, received a bursary award that enabled them to study and fulfil their potential without some of the financial worries. 

Michael Sharrock (pictured with OCR Chief Executive Mark Dawe), one of last year’s recipients, had been affected by family illness. He said: “I’m having a wonderful time at Cambridge, and the OCR bursary has helped me greatly in my first year. In supplementing the payment of my termly college bills, the bursary has given me more freedom to pursue outside interests that I wouldn't have been able to otherwise, such as joining the university’s archery novice squad. I am also secure in the knowledge that I can afford textbooks for each of my Natural Sciences modules, which will help with my learning and revision throughout the year. The bursary has effectively alleviated the financial pressure of funding my place at Cambridge for me and my parents, and I’m very grateful to OCR for providing it.”

Up to ten bursaries are available and the deadline for applications is 7 June 2013. Please visit the bursary scheme page for more information and an application form.