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If you live in Portsmouth or on the Isle of Wight and are either the first in your family to progress to higher education or have a household income of less than £35,000, the Portsmouth Football Club Partnership Scholarship could benefit your future.
This scholarship is awarded by Portsmouth Football Club to inspire and support local young people to achieve. It provides £3,000 a year towards your time at university well as the opportunity to gain work experience at the football club.
Past recipients of the scholarship have worked with the football club to redesign parts of Fratton Park and worked on graphic design projects within the marketing team.
Who can apply
You could get this scholarship if you:
- Live in Portsmouth, the surrounding area (PO postcode) or on the Isle of Wight
- Are under 25 at the start of your course
- Will be studying your first full-time undergraduate degree
- Apply for a full time undergraduate course starting in Autumn 2023
- Meet one or both of these criteria:
- you are the first in your family to go to university and/or:
- have a household income of £35,000 or below
See our terms and conditions for full eligibility criteria.
How to apply
You'll need to complete a brief application form to demonstrate how studying at the University of Portsmouth and being awarded this scholarship will make a difference to your future and why your situation merits the additional financial support. You'll need to submit your application by midnight on Friday 14 July.
How will the scholarship be awarded?
There is one scholarship available for University of Portsmouth students each year. You'll need to meet the criteria and grade requirements for your chosen course in order to receive the scholarship.
The scholarship panel’s decision on the allocation of the scholarship is in accordance with the terms and conditions and is final. There is no appeals process.
How will the scholarship be paid?
The scholar can request the £3,000 each year to contribute to their own running costs at university. If no preference chosen, the default will be £3,000 deducted from your tuition fee annually in your first 3 years of study (excluding placement or study abroad years).
You'll be able to receive this scholarship in addition to other University of Portsmouth scholarships or bursaries that you're eligible for.
Meet the new Portsmouth Football Club Scholar
Nadine Smith practically lives in the shadow of Fratton Park so is a fitting recipient of the Portsmouth FC Scholarship.
Nadine, who has just started her BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree with the University, is the second student to receive the scholarship, which is part of the University's partnership with the club.
The scholarship sees the club support students throughout their three-year course via financial support of their tuition fees as well as offering direct work experience.
The whole point of this relationship is to inspire young people to see university as an option for them, and so I think it's particularly good that we have this scholarship available.
Part of the partnership is all about raising educational attainment within Portsmouth and giving people really, really good, exciting futures. And with Nadine now coming in, it's fantastic to have somebody local on our doorstep, have the opportunity to go to university and to be part of that is really, really special for the football club.
To start with, I honestly didn't think I'd get the scholarship. I applied for it, obviously just off chance and it obviously is an amazing opportunity. Doing graphic design, it is about reputation and getting your name out there and obviously being able to work with Portsmouth Football Club, it gives me work experience and obviously builds my skills working with an actual company. So that will helps a lot with the graphic design, learning the practical side.
It is a massive first step into my career of being a graphic designer. I’m looking forward to the social aspect, meeting a lot of new people from different places. Also getting the opportunity to learn a lot more skills within graphic design, obviously they have a lot more opportunities there with their facilities. The university’s all about giving opportunities for young people in the city to succeed and so, I'm really pleased for her that she's been successful and I think she'll have a fantastic time at university.