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£15,000 uni scholarships up for grabs for young housing association residents

Nov 29 2016


Young ambitious college students living across London are set to gain university scholarships worth up to £15,000 thanks to the launch of L&Q housing association’s new Turlogh O’Brien Scholarship programme.

Named after L&Q’s previous Chairman of nine years who is a passionate advocate for higher and further education, the programme was developed to help young people living in financially excluded households to access university.

The Turlogh O’Brien Scholarship programme will offer ten scholarships to children of L&Q residents who are looking to start university in September 2017. The housing association manages more than 72,000 homes across London and the South East.

L&Q has had 13 eligible applicants for the ten places. They were all invited for an introduction event at L&Q’s office at Stratford, where they were able to ask questions and meet L&Q staff, including the programme’s namesake, Turlogh O’Brien.

To be selected the successful candidates will have to reach their expected grades and obtain places on a course and university that matches their ability and study goals. 

The scholarships will consist of three annual £5,000 contributions towards the candidates university fees. The programme will also include a paid month long internship with L&Q in the second year of their studies.

The Turlogh O’Brien Scholarship programme is being funded by the L&Q Foundation, which was established in 2011, with the purpose of improving peoples’ lives in the communities L&Q serves and to support its mission of creating places where people want to live.

Over the next 10 years the L&Q Foundation will invest £250m across London and the South East in projects that tackle disadvantage across four key areas: financial exclusion, unemployment, community cohesion and positive opportunities for young people.

Turlogh O’Brien, L&Q’s former Chairman, said:

“As chair of L&Q and in my current role at Southampton University, I have seen the profound effect that a secure home and access to higher education can have on someone’s life choices. Through the scholarship programme L&Q will help to alleviate the financial burden faced today by young people so that they can focus on their studies and gain great experiences and qualifications for their future.”