Disabled Veterans' Scholarship Fund
The Open University's Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Fund - the first of its kind in the UK - will ensure that, if disability means veterans can no longer serve, they are empowered to rewrite their own futures through the power of education.
The project currently aims to raise £2.5m
Charity information: The Open University
1 in 5 veterans are discharged due to disabilities. Disability amongst veterans is unsurprisingly higher than amongst the non-veteran population. It is estimated that 24% of veterans will suffer an illness or disability that limits their physical activity, compared to just 13% of the non-veteran population. Unlike colleagues who make plans for retirement, their unexpected discharge from service life leaves them unprepared for a new life outside of the military.
The Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Fund is the first of its kind in the UK will ensure that, if disability means veterans can no longer serve, they are empowered to rewrite their own futures. The fund will provide veterans with the opportunity to study at undergraduate level for free, with specialist support for disabilities, allowing them to develop their skills, knowledge and experience.
To raise £2.5m to support the equivalent of 100 undergraduate full fee waiver scholarships.
Activities» We will provide financial support and a wraparound disability and careers support service to disabled veterans to access education.
What success will look like
Success will be demonstrated through delivering 100 undergraduate scholarships to disabled veterans.
The long term change will be to provide disabled veterans with the opportunity to start the next chapter of their lives after leaving military service.
Disabled veterans will fulfill their considerable
potential. Having thrived inside an environment that fosters excellence, we must extend those same opportunities once these individuals
are removed from the Services, empowering them to become valuable contributors to UK PLC; filling critical skills gaps across our country.
There is a risk that demand for financial support from the Disabled Veterans' Scholarship Fund will exceed the amount available. To manage this risk, the OU will implement a process that ensures fair disbursal of funds.
Donors will be reported to through the Open Door donor magazine, impact reports, the OpenMinds alumni magazine and on the giving website.
Budget - Project Cost: £10,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £10,000 Scholarship Contribution £10,000 will contribut towards a full undergraduate scholarship for a disabled veteran.
The UK part-time learning market has faced unprecedented challenges due to changes in higher education funding. Many people who wish to study at higher education level will face increased fees and, therefore, may have fewer opportunities. The Disabled Veterans' Scholarship Fund will provide distance learning opportunities to individuals who need to develop their knowledge and skills to harness their potential.
The University is particularly adept in supporting
students through skills and professional development, often whilst in employment.
Based on our experience; as a member of the Armed Forces Covenant; as part of our social mobility and social justice mission; and in alignment with our focus on employability and skills development, the University has decided to support this community to build on their skills,
employability and potential as much as building on self confidence and wellbeing.
The Open University is the world’s leading
distance learning provider, underpinned by a mission to make education open for all. It promotes educational opportunity and social mobility by providing high-quality education to all who wish to realise their ambitions.
We are the largest academic institution in the UK with over 174,000 students, including 2,000 servicemen and women from the UK Armed Forces and a global learning community of over 12 million.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Howard Clark is Project Manager for tuition delivery for the Disabled Veterans' Scholarship Fund.