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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 is now accepting applications for the Disabled Veterans' Scholarships Fund.  Click here for further details and to apply.

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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. 

We believe that where you start in life shouldn’t limit where you go.

Learning is the passport to unlimited possibilities, so we will keep striving until we see a day when education is open to all, regardless of background, financial hardship, age or gender. It’s only with your support that we can break down barriers to learning. Together we can fund scholarships and practical support for people from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds to help them fulfil their dreams.

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Open University graduate with a disability receiving his degree
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