The COSARAF Charitable Foundation has launched a major higher education support programme to provide up to 24 graduate and undergraduate scholarships at four major UK universities. Valued at £210,000 in its first three years, it is part of a wider COSARAF package of support for poorer students that is expected to top a third of a million pounds by 2021.
The Sheikh Family Scholarship will award each student up to £10,000 per year towards the cost of their tuition fees and living expenses.
They will also have access to a personal mentor and a tailored leadership support programme, paid Summer internship at a leading charity and ongoing support from COSARAF.
The scholarship is open to UK Muslim students who face financial hardship and, ideally, are the first in their family to attend university. Priority will be given to those for whom the award will make most difference and who demonstrate a clear plan to give back to their communities and wider society.
Beneficiaries will be required to contribute to an alumni programme for all scholars; champion the scholarship externally; and commit to Foundation-approved causes.
One award will be made each year over the next three years for eligible students enrolled at St Anne’s College, Oxford; any Cambridge college (administered by Downing College); The University of Warwick; and Cambridge Muslim College. Qualifying existing courses differ at each and scholarship applicants will be selected by their institutions through an open awards process.