What is the Proprep scholarship?
Even before the pandemic, money was one of the biggest obstacles to stopping a student from successfully graduating.
We want to support STEM students with funding so they can focus on their studies and not worry about their finances.
We also want to empower our scholarship receivers to help their peers with their studies.
This is why we have 10 scholarships of £5,000 we are awarding to first or second year students, who are Proprep users, studying at least one STEM module at university who successfully complete our scholarship application form. These will be paid to successful applicants in two instalments in the Autumn & Spring semesters of the academic year 2021-2022.
Who can apply for the Proprep scholarship?
The Proprep scholarship is open to all Proprep users who are students studying at universities in the UK in their first or second year at university, studying at least one STEM module. You need to have a Proprep account to apply.
Applications from students who are able to demonstrate that they are from any of the following underrepresented groups will be prioritised:
Students of BAME origin
Students who are women (or identify as women)
Students with disabilities
Students from low-income households
Please note that you are only able to apply for ONE scholarship, even if you fall into more than one category, so please do not submit multiple application forms. If you are unsure whether you meet the eligibility criteria, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are successful you must be available to take part in various Proprep marketing campaigns including photography, video and press opportunities.
Completing the Application Form
Please read this step-by-step guide carefully, and ensure you fill out all the relevant sections as indicated.
You are required to have a Proprep account. If you haven't set one of these up already, please click here
All applicants are required to include a copy of a valid passport with your application. Any applications received without one will be rejected.
If you are disabled, please include scanned copies of any of the following documents:
-Medical letter from your doctor confirming your medical condition or disability, or – if appropriate – evidence of a dyslexia diagnosis. Note: Medical letter does not need to be detailed; copies of letters from specialists are acceptable.
-Supporting letter from tutor, welfare adviser, disability officer or equivalent from University. Note: The supporting letter must be dated, on headed paper from the University and confirm attendance on the course.
-Result of application for Disabled Students Allowance.
If you are from a low-income household, please the following additional documentation that verifies that your total household income is below £25,000
-A copy of documentation that confirms you have applied to Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan, and have received confirmation that they have been assessed and will receive full financial support. An income assessment must have been conducted and consent given to share the information with Proprep.
University reference number
This is an 8 digit number which can be found on any correspondence from your university’s admissions office, for example, course offer emails. Your application cannot be processed without this.
Course applied for
Please put the full name of your course here, including the course code.
Please ensure you fill this information out in as much detail as possible.
You will need to include all of your relevant academic qualifications in this section. Please make it clear what level of study you undertook (for example, A Levels) and your grades. Please remember that the Proprep scholarship is only open to those currently in the first or second year of an undergraduate degree.
Other personal, professional, and/or academic achievements
This is a chance for you to list any other achievements which you feel are relevant to your application.
This is a chance to talk about yourself, your experience to date (professional and/or academic), any extracurricular activities in which you are involved that relate to your chosen course, and why you are interested in and want to pursue studying a STEM subject/s. Your personal statement should be no more than 300 words.
Please write a short statement that explains how you would benefit from being awarded a Proprep scholarship. This should be 300 words max, and should include information to show that you handle funds responsibly.
Please also demonstrate the ways in which you meet the criteria of financial need. For example, you might mention:
If you are the first in your family to go to university
If you are from a disadvantaged background
If you rely on benefits and/or disability allowance
If you are working, or have taken out a loan to help pay any expenses (this lets us know that you are not ignoring any other sources of help)
If there are any changes that have occurred in your life that impact your ability to pay for your education, such as unanticipated expenses or changes in your family’s income
In this section you will need to map out, in up to 1,000 words, your ideas for supporting STEM freshers during the academic year of 2021-2022.
Forming a society or support group
Speaking at events
Offering tutoring or mentorship
We want you to show your commitment to uplifting and supporting other STEM students in the most original and creative way you can think of.
Please create a short video based on one of the following three titles:
‘How studying STEM will help me to achieve my potential’
‘Studying STEM will get me to…’
‘How STEM will ensure my future’
It can be filmed on a phone or with your computer webcam, and the production quality is not important. Please keep your video up to two minutes max in length.
Application deadline: 18th April 2021, midnight.
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted within 1 month of the closing date and will be required to complete a telephone interview.
Please note - the number of scholarship applications we receive will far exceed the awards we have to offer. This means our application process is highly competitive and the criteria cannot be changed. Do not assume that an application means an awarded scholarship. We advise that students research other sources of funding in the event that your application is not successful.
Submitting your application form
Once you have filled in all of the sections, please date your application and sign it by typing your name.
You can only submit ONE application with all relevant documents. You can save your application before submission and return to it at a later date, but you will not be able to amend your application once we have received it.
The deadline for applications is midnight on the 18th April 2021. Please ensure that you submit your completed application form to us before this date, as we cannot accept any late applications or supporting documents that arrive after the deadline.
Once your application arrives, we will mark this on our system and you will receive a confirmation email from us.
Terms and Conditions
1. Only completed applications accompanied by all supporting documents will be considered.
2. Scholarships are awarded based on the strength and originality of each application including personal circumstance, financial need, personal statement, action plan and successful completion of the video task. The decision of the Proprep judging panel is final and cannot be appealed.
3. Scholarships are limited in number, and subject to availability. Even if an applicant meets scholarship criteria, a scholarship may not be awarded.
4. Applicants will be assessed according to the assessment criteria set out for each program and scholarship category.
5. Applicants may be requested to submit further information. Failure to provide this will result in the application being rejected.
6. Scholarships are not transferable.
7. Scholarships are subject to applicants meeting the entry requirements to the program.
8. If the scholarship recipient drops out of university in the academic year of 2021-22, the scholarship is forfeited and the scholarship recipient is liable to return the scholarship payment in full.
9. Scholarship is only available to students studying an undergraduate degree, who are commencing their first or second year of university in the Autumn semester of 2020.
10. Proprep’s decision in all matters relating to the scholarship is final.
11. As part of the scholarship programme you agree to taking part in the Proprep mentoring programme in your second year at university. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being forfeited and the scholarship recipient is liable to return the scholarship payment in full.
12. If your scholarship application is successful, we may ask you to become a student ambassador, or to appear in online and/or printed marketing materials for Proprep. For example, providing a student profile and a photograph which may be used to promote Proprep and Proprep’s scholarship scheme.
13.Only open to applicants studying at universities in the UK.
14. Privacy Notice
Our scholarship privacy notice explains what types of personal information will be collected and collected, processed and retained when you apply to the Proprep scholarship scheme. By completing the application process and signing the GDPR declaration you are consenting to this processing.