Individual Bursary Guidelines

Our application process is OPEN for submissions in support of the 2020/2021 academic year

Restrictions & Eligibility

1. Individuals are invited to apply for financial bursaries to support a recognised educational course in the UK. In assessing applications, the Trustees wish to identify and assist particularly gifted or talented individuals who are struggling to support themselves financially through university or college.

2. The Foundation will not fund overseas students, medical electives, volunteering, part time study or gap year projects

3. We do not fund primary or secondary education unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

4. It is a mandatory requirement of the Foundation that applicants are UK citizens. A personal or family link with commerce must be established for an application to be considered. To qualify either the applicant, the applicant’s parents or grandparents must have worked in or owned a commercial business. This does not include professional people i.e. doctors, accountants, architects, solicitors, etc. Details of this will be required on the application form.

5. The Trustees give preference to studies that will ultimately benefit the United Kingdom and its communities. 


Bursaries are awarded annually with applications considered by the Trustees in May each year. Completed applications should be submitted online via the Foundation’s website between 1 December and 31 March. All applicants will be notified of the outcome in June.



The Foundation has limited funds on which to draw annually. As a result competition is fierce and only a small number of awards are made each year. Applicants can apply for a bursary within the range of £500 to a maximum of £2,000. 


Bursaries will be paid directly to the individual usually in September of the year awarded.

Applying again

Previous bursary recipients and those who were unsuccessful in previous rounds can reapply. Awards are made in open competition and there is no guarantee of any repeat funding. 


It is mandatory that all bursary recipients submit a progress report to the Trustees; this will be requested in the March following the start of the academic year for which the grant was awarded.













Guidelines (PDF)