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About Potential Scholarships

Potential Scholarships are funded by generous private donations to encourage and develop the potential of students from a lower income background and/or those who have overcome significant difficulties to come to University. You don't have to repay any funding you receive from a Potential Scholarship after you graduate.

Potential Scholarships are quite varied and largely competitive with a limited number of awards available. We recommend you read through all the options available before submitting your application. Applications are used to assess who most closely meets the eligibility criteria based on the information we're given.

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General eligibility criteria

Students who apply for any of the Potential Scholarships must meet the following general criteria plus the specific criteria of their chosen scholarship:

  • Be enrolling in Autumn 2022 for the first year of a full-time** undergraduate degree at the University of Nottingham (UK Campus), this being your year of entry to the University
  • Not have studied for an undergraduate degree before starting at Nottingham
  • Have Home* funding status
  • Not be receiving external sponsorship for your course e.g. from industry/employers (University Core bursaries and Government grants do not affect your eligibility)
  • Have had their household income assessed for your statutory government support and consented to share this information with the University.

Additional eligibility criteria for each Potential Scholarship can be found below.

Potential Scholarships available 

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Ethel and Kevin B Malone Scholarship Fund

For low income students from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

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Robert Enticott Scholarship

For lower income students studying in the School of Economics

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Lenton and Wortley Scholarship

For residents of Lenton and Wortley Hall

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The Timperley Scholarship

For students studying Pharmacy or Zoology at undergraduate level

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The Greenaway Scholarship

For those who lived and attended school or college in the East Midlands



How to apply

To be considered for a Potential Scholarship, you must complete an application. 

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Guidance notes with additional information for each scholarship and tips on what information to include when you apply.

More funding options

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of funding opportunities for students from lower income backgrounds and/or those who have overcome significant difficulties to come to University. Take a look at some other funding options:

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The Stoneygate Award

For academically able students who face or have overcome personal barriers to attend university.

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Core Bursary

For UK students with a household income of less than £35,000 as assessed by student finance.

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Nottingham Potential Bursary

For full-time UK students with personal circumstances or backgrounds that may have impacted academic potential.


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*A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

**Otherwise eligible part-time students who are unable to study full-time because of a disability should contact the Funding and Financial Support team to discuss their funding options.

Note: All references to household income refer to the figure which is calculated by Student Finance when a student applies to them for means-tested funding.

Please refer to our Data Protection and Confidentiality Statement - for anyone who makes an application for funding from the Funding & Financial Support Team.

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