Student Services

Community Scholarships

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Do you enjoy working in the community? Are you interested in helping other people? Have you idenitified a need for a project?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you may be eligible for a Community Scholarship.

Applications are open to all Kent students enrolled at either the Canterbury or Medway campus from all stages, disciplines and modes of study. Completeing a Community Scholarship is a great way for you to demonstrate leadership, enthusiasm and organisational skills. Your scholarship project can be related to sport, arts, music, cultural or any other discipline. We only ask that your project application demonstrates the following:

• That your project brief has been carefully thought out, researched and planned to ensure it is viable.
• Your project benefits members of the community, whether that be in the local town or members of the university community.
• You are dedicated to your project and will complete it to the best of your ability.
• You calculate all costs and resources associated with your project ensuring they do not exceed £1000.

What are the benefits of completing a Community Scholarship?
• You could receive an award of up to £1,000 for your time and committment to your project, as well as up to £1,000 to cover project running costs.
• We provide advice and project management support to help you deliver your project.
• You gain valuable skills to add to your CV.
• You can earn Employability Points for your project.

Please note: Scholarships can only be awarded for co-curricular projects which do not contribute to academic credit or paid employment. You must be a registered student to be eligible to apply. Recipients of other scholarships may still be eligible for a Community Scholarship if they meet the award criteria.

Application Deadlines for 2019-2020

Application Deadline Application Presentation Project Start Time
31 May 2019 w/c 10 June 2019 1 September - 30 November 2019
1 October 2019 w/c 14 October 2019 1 December - end of Febraury 2020
13 January 2020 w/c 20 January 2020 1 March - 31 May 2020
20 March 2020 w/c 30 March 2020 1 June - 31 August 2020

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1. How do you determine the amount awarded?

The amount awarded will be determined by the Community Scholarship Board and will be based on project complexity, duration and impact. The amount awarded is independent of the number of people managing a project.

2. When will I get paid?

There are two types of payments made: the scholarship award and the resource budget. The scholarship award is made in two payments, half upfront and the remainder paid on successful completion of the project evaluation report. The scholarship award will be paid via BACS. The resource budget can be paid for in one of two ways: the student scholar pays for the resources and provides receipts to the Student Activities and Scholarships Officer for reimbursement, alternatively, the Student Activities and Scholarships Officer will make direct purchases on the student scholars behalf. The resource budget is not paid for upfront by the University to the student under any circumstances.

3. I want to run a project that requires specific training, what should I do?

If a project requires teaching a skill (i.e. tennis lessons for primary school pupils) or a DBS check then you will need the approval and/or supervision of an external trainer. This will need to be budgetted for in you resource budget.

4. I want to run a project as part of my student society, is this possible?

Unfortunately projects cannot cross-over with the day to day activities of a club or society. If you are a member of a society you can apply for a scholarship, as long as it is unrelated.

5. My project is related to my course, will this be a problem?

As long as you will not gain any academic credit for your project, it will be eligible for the community scholarship.

Please contact communityscholarships@kent.ac.uk  for further information.

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Last Updated: 08/07/2019