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College bursary supports students to achieve

A number of students from Burton and South Derbyshire College have benefited from a college bursary designed to assist learners who require additional financial support but aren’t eligible through existing support mechanisms. 

The Garry Phillips Memorial Bursary was established in 2019 in memory of former vice principal, Garry Phillips who dedicated the majority of his career to the Further Education sector. Garry made a huge difference to the lives of thousands of learners and positively influenced so many of his peers. His family established a memorial prize and financial bursary for learners at Burton and South Derbyshire College to ensure Garry’s legacy lives on and it continues to positively impact learners in the FE sector.

The bursary is open to all learners with attendance of at least 90% who may require additional support to complete their studies or achieve their progression goals. The maximum bursary award is £200 and there is typically a maximum of 8-10 awards available per year.

This academic year has seen the fund assisting nine learners who required additional support for a range of reasons, including travel expenses, books, equipment and subsidence.

Chloe Hickman, Finance Co-ordinator at Burton and South Derbyshire College said: “We’re delighted to be awarding another round of bursaries via the Garry Phillips Memorial Bursary Fund. The bursaries give additional support to learners who need it to help them complete their studies or achieve their desired progression.”

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