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Scholarships that defy expectations

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Every scholarship is the opportunity to transform a life

When you have the dedication to study, the toughest part should be exams – not getting started. Barriers to learning are wasting so much potential; men are told they shouldn’t be nurses, women are steered away from becoming engineers, and people living in poverty feel there is no escape.

We believe anyone can become anything – all they need is the opportunity. The Open University’s new scholarships scheme is a long-term investment, empowering people on low incomes or those discouraged from pursuing their passions because of their gender, ethnicity or disability. No-one should be held back from achieving their goals; scholarships give people a fair chance to prove that they can succeed. 

Your support will mean new students can set aside financial worries and stereotypes, and focus on fulfilling their true potential. Every new scholarship is a life changed, a positive influence for many more lives created, and countless expectations defied about who can do what. 

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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. 

Opportunities
Harnessing the full potential of our disabled veterans
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Lives
Join a movement of millions
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Opportunities
Scholarships that defy expectations
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Thinking
Sniffing out cancer
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Minds
Leading a new learning revolution
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Opportunities
Rewriting the future, blink by blink
Open University graduate with a disability receiving his degree
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Thinking
A helping paw
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Thinking
Helping stroke survivors walk tall
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Lives
Bringing lessons to life across India
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Opportunities
Helping offenders prepare for life after prison
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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
Felicia, a teacher who uses the TESSA programme, with her pupils in Ghana
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Minds
Building a fairer justice system
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Thinking
Helping people with dementia stay independent
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