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Cowrie Scholarship Foundation welcomes University of Hull as its next University Partner

The University of Hull has partnered with The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) to help improve access to higher education for economically disadvantaged Black British students.

The CSF was launched in June 2020 and aims to fund at least 100 economically disadvantaged Black British students through UK universities over the next decade. The Foundation will provide mentorship and resilience programmes to empower the development of students into the future.

The University of Hull will welcome the first Cowrie Scholar in 2022. The university will cover tuition fees and the CSF will cover the maintenance and living costs through links with business and individual donors.

As an an anchor institution in the Humber region the University has more than 14,000 students and 2,000 staff

Driven by its vision to create a fairer, brighter, carbon neutral future, the University is committed to widening social inclusion, shaping a society that is built on equity, integrity and respect and tackling inequalities – values which align with CSF.

Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said: “Here at Hull we pride ourselves on tackling the structural barriers that limit access to university. Partnering with the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation will enable us to extend the work we do to ensure that every individual with the potential to succeed at university has the chance to do so.

“We aim to deliver the best possible education and wider experience such that our students develop into confident, resourceful and resilient individuals and achieve the careers and futures they seek.

“We are delighted to be working with the Foundation and we are very much looking forward to welcoming our first students.”

Professor Richard Oreffo, Founder of the Foundation said: “Access to university should not be limited by race or social class, but unfortunately this is not the case for all in our society.

“We are delighted to welcome the University of Hull as one of our partners. This partnership will allow us to provide scholarships for Black British students which has the opportunity to help transform lives.”

Find out more about the scholarship and how to apply here.

The closing date for applications is April 21 2022.

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