The WCSM Education Trust
The application period for bursary awards of up to £1,000 for the academic year 2019/20 opens on Monday 7 October 2019 and will close at 5pm on Friday 20 December 2019.
Click here for the statement of process for the scheme, guidance notes and application form. There is a Word version of the form here too. Students are strongly advised to read the guidance notes before completing the form.
The Education Trust will verify applicants' registration and attendance on their nominated course before considering any application and applications will only be accepted in a prescribed form. Bursary payments will be made at the end of February 2020. This is a competitive scheme and only the most deserving students will be successful. We do not offer hardship grants or individual sponsorship.
Information on the bursary scheme will be distributed via all universities and optical training institutions in the UK and will be advertised through the website and on Twitter (@spectaclemakers). Information on travel awards will also be distributed via the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Successful applicants must hold a UK bank account, in their own name, into which funds can be paid. Award winners in both the bursary scheme and the Travel Award programme must provide written reports on their progress. The Trustees will take a continuing interest in their future careers.
" I really appreciate the continued support you and the team have given me, I have had a great experience studying Orthoptics at Sheffield and you have played your own part in helping me qualify. I will be graduating next week with a 2.1 classification and I will be starting work as an Orthoptist very soon".
" Once again I cannot express enough the thanks I feel towards the company and the Education Trust for their financial help in my first year. With so much to pay for accommodation and travel for my course, without it I may not have been able to continue with my dispensing studies. I am so grateful and wanted the company to know how valuable their contribution to students is, and the difference it makes."