Unprecedented new scheme to help more Tower Hamlets youngsters
Hundreds of young people in Tower Hamlets will be
given grants to help them with the cost of university, as part of a
bold new scheme being launched by Tower Hamlets Council.
Under the Mayor’s Higher Education Award, 400
students will receive payments totalling £1,500 each.
Tower Hamlets is the first council in the
country to launch a higher education grant programme of this
The Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman said:
“Tuition fees have meant the cost of university is simply too
daunting for many students in Tower Hamlets.
“This innovative new scheme is aimed at
helping more of our young people realise their full potential.
“For local teenagers who thought university
was a pipe dream, I hope this will change their minds.”
The awards scheme is being launched to
- make higher education a more realistic prospect for young
people from poorer families in the borough
- reduce the number of local students who drop out of university
before completing their courses
- encourage more school and college leavers from Tower Hamlets to
At present, it is believed only one other
council distributes education grants, benefitting seven students
each year – so Tower Hamlets’ 400 grants is an unprecedented move
by a local authority.
Cabinet member for children, schools and
families Councillor Oliur Rahman said: “We are the first authority
in the country to be backing our teenagers in such an innovative
way. We know that our teenagers are our future.
“Achieving a better education is better for
the student, better for the student’s family and better for the
“This is why we are committing a total of
£1.26 million to this project – it is an investment in the
The Mayor’s Higher Education Award is being
launched as a result of the success of the Mayor’s Education Award
– a scheme, now in its third year, in which school leavers are
given grants to help them stay in education.
To be eligible for funding through the Mayor’s
Higher Education Award, students will need to meet certain criteria
and will have to apply through the council’s benefits
The awards will be officially launched
on July 1 and will help those students who start
higher education courses in September 2013.
Full details, including the opening date for
applications, will be announced shortly.
May 30, 2013