Bursary scheme set to boost number of graduates in Chalkhill

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Some of our young residents are in line for grants of £9,000 to help fund their further education

Chalkhill bursary launch

Members of the Chalkhill community came together for the launch of the bursary

A new bursary scheme is set to boost the number of Chalkhill residents going on to further education.

Trustees of the Chalkhill Community Trust Fund (CCTF) will be awarding grants of £9,000 to five 18-25 year-olds on the Wembley Park estate in northwest London.

Open to those starting a first university degree or vocational qualification this autumn, the bursaries will be paid in three instalments of £3,000 over three years.

“We recognise that financial constraints discourage a number of Chalkhill’s young people from doing degrees or vocational qualifications,” said Sheila Morcombe, a CCTF trustee and Development Manager at Metropolitan, the housing association which manages Chalkhill.

“We want those who benefit from our grants to be role models for the next generation, so that there’s a more natural progression into further education in the future.”

The Chalkhill Community Trust Fund – which has two Metropolitan, two Brent Council and two resident representatives on its board – was set up in 2000 to serve the local community.

The £1.4m fund was released by the sale of land to a supermarket as part of the regeneration of Chalkhill and later supplemented by the sale of a training centre initially used during the physical rebuilding of the area. It is used to fund a variety of sporting, wellbeing and educational projects.

Successful applicants to the bursary scheme will be expected to keep the trustees updated on their progress. They will also be asked to contribute 20 hours a year of voluntary or community development work to the Chalkhill community.

“It’s to demonstrate their commitment,” explained Sheila. “They might help out with some of the activities that have been awarded grants, such as the weekly dementia café, run their own sports sessions or help organise the annual ‘Love Chalkhill’ festival.”

Applications to the bursary scheme close on 30 June. They will be reviewed in July and August, with successful applicants to be informed at the start of September.

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