The Harpur Trust (University Bursary Programme)

The Harpur Trust runs a University Bursary Programme for students from families on low incomes who are studying at participating state schools and colleges in the Borough of Bedford.

Last updated on 16 July 2019

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be attending one of the following state schools or colleges in Bedford:

  • Bedford Academy
  • Bedford College
  • Biddenham
  • Kempston Challenger Academy
  • Mark Rutherford Upper School
  • Sharnbrook Upper School
  • St Thomas More RC Upper School
  • Wootton Upper School/Kimberley College


  • Be aged 19 or under on 31 August at the beginning of their final year at school or college
  • Have been resident in the Borough of Bedford for a minimum of two years
  • Have an offer of a place on a full-time undergraduate degree course or full-time Foundation degree course at a UK university
  • Take up their place in the academic year beginning in the autumn immediately after their final term at school or college
  • Have applied for all available forms of statutory support (student loan for tuition, student loan for maintenance, higher education maintenance grant)
  • Be UK or EU citizens or refugees who have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • From a low income family
  • Face additional challenges, e.g. be a young carer, living independently.

What we can't help with

Grants are not given for non-educational costs.

How to apply?

Grants are awarded once a year.

Enquiries can be made directly by individuals or by intermediaries. Speak to a staff member at the student's school. Once you have done this, you can use the application form on the Harpur Trust website to apply: 

Please read the Guidance notes before applying.

The charity replies to all applications, whether or not they are successful.


Other information

The Harpur Trust also has an Adult Education Scheme to help improve financial circumstances or qualify of life for adults on a low income by helping them access education leading to return to work or career change.

It also has a school uniform scheme, administered directly by the secondary schools, for student on free school meals who are transferring from primary/middle schools to Bedford state secondary schools. The school will notify students if they are eligible for the uniform scheme.

The Trust also provides almshouses in Bedford

Contact details

The Harpur Trust
Princeton Court
The Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive,
MK41 7PZ

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