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Harnessing the full potential of our disabled veterans

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Every one of our armed forces is chosen for their exceptional promise

Up to one in five veterans are discharged due to disabilities. Once they leave military life, their transferable skills - developed in a unique environment that demands excellence, accomplishment and personal growth - can make a huge contribution both socially and economically. University study can empower veterans to unlock their potential for new purposes - such as meeting the UK’s urgent need for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) graduates. 

The OU’s Open up the Future campaign is dedicated to empowering students with the knowledge to transform their lives - and this includes our veterans community. The Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Fund - the first of its kind in the UK - will ensure that, if disability means veterans can no longer serve, they are empowered to rewrite their own futures. With your support, veterans will be able to study at undergraduate level for free, with specialist support for disabilities, allowing them to develop their skills, knowledge and experience, and ultimately, to dream new dreams.

The Open University will be accepting applications for the Disabled Veterans' Scholarships Fund from Spring 2018.

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Changing lives through education and more

Our research and education projects bring immeasurable benefits to so many lives, and we rely on the generosity of our donors for all of them. We’re already making a difference worldwide – but we have the potential to do even more. Each of our projects falls into one of four strands; opening up minds, opportunities, thinking and lives. 

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Harnessing the full potential of our disabled veterans
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Join a movement of millions
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Scholarships that defy expectations
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Rewriting the future, blink by blink
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Sniffing out cancer
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Minds
Leading a new learning revolution
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A helping paw
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Opportunities
Helping offenders prepare for life after prison
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Helping stroke survivors walk tall
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Lives
Bringing lessons to life across India
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Minds
Sharing 50 years of education
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Lives
Sharing life-saving skills in developing countries
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Opportunities
Using more minds to make discoveries in STEM
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Lives
Creating an education revolution
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Minds
Building a fairer justice system
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Helping people with dementia stay independent
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