In Brief: Funding to help more young people study medicine

The Trustees of the A H and Mrs B C Whiteley Trust have pledged a donation of £30,000 to the University of Liverpool for scholarships aimed at students from under-represented backgrounds who want to study medicine.

The Undergraduate Medical Scholarship, originally established in 2012, provides £3,000 a year for students from the University’s Scholars programme to study towards an undergraduate degree in medicine.  The additional funding will enable the scheme to be extended to support more students.

The Scholars programme is aimed at Year 12 students and is designed to support those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds who consistently show the motivation and personal commitment to achieve the academic skills needed for university study.

Trustee Keith Clayton said: “We were keen to make a contribution which would have a real impact.  Being able to support students who may not have been expected to go to university is very fulfilling and we’re delighted by the success of the scheme so far.”

Current scholarship recipient Joshua Stead, a second year medicine undergraduate, said: “The undergraduate medical scholarship has been greatly beneficial, easing my financial worries about budgeting, and allowing me to concentrate fully on my studies to fulfil my potential and achieve the best results possible.”

The late Mrs B C Whiteley originally bequeathed £82,000 to the University, which was used to purchase equipment in the Department of Haematology and Pancreatic Biomedical Research Unit in 2011. The trustees of her charity then decided to make further donations to the University to establish the Undergraduate Medical Scholarship.

Find out more about support available to students at the University of Liverpool on our scholarships website. You can also find out more about making a donation to support scholarships on the Benefactors’ Fund pages.

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