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The Millennium Point Charitable Trust is looking for scholarship applicants as it aims to boost STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) learning across the West Midlands.
The Trust is offering a fully funded undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, which covers 29 different courses ranging from Civil Engineering to Video Game Design and Film Production Technology.
After receiving a record number of applications in 2019, organisers are hoping to see an increase in numbers yet again this year, with applications now being taken at millenniumpoint.org.uk/scholarship.
The Trust will also award £2,000 to one school or college in the region as part of the 2020 scholarship programme.
The school or college that provides the most applicants will be given the funding to enhance its STEM curriculum – for more information visit millenniumpoint.org.uk/scholarship/schools.
The incentive forms part of a wider campaign to promote the initiative, with the easy online application process open now until 31 January 2020.
In particular those from traditionally marginalised groups in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, such as LGBTQ or BAME people, as well as those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are encouraged to apply.
The project is currently running alongside the Millennium Point Small Grants programme, which is offering grants of up to £20,000 for schools, not-for-profit organisations and charities across the region in a bid to boost Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) learning.
Rebecca Delmore, Commercial Director at Millennium Point, said: “We want to connect with emerging talent, particularly those in our more marginalised communities and offer up a life-changing opportunity to an outstanding and worthy recipient.
“There are sure to be countless students who fit our criteria and we want to hear from as many as possible.
“We received a record number of applications in 2019 and we are encouraging schools, colleges and pupils to come forward this year to better that number.
“The scholarship would represent the start to a successful career for our winner, but all finalists will receive bespoke support to develop employability skills and get access to further opportunities in their industry going forward.
“Our wider aim is to support the economic growth of the West Midlands through addressing the skills gap across STEM industries.
“Projects like the scholarship and our small grants initiative help educate students on the sort of career opportunities that are available and how they can be best prepared to meet the criteria required for those opportunities.”
The application process is broken down into two stages, with those who proceed to stage two getting to present their story to a live audience comprised of key stakeholders and industry experts.
Applications are only being accepted from students in the West Midlands region, who can not already have or be studying an undergraduate degree.
Birmingham City University Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, Professor Hanifa Shah, said: “We are delighted to support the Millennium Point Charitable Trust scholarship in inviting students from across the region to consider a transformational experience through studying at Birmingham City University.
“The Faculty and University enjoys a close and productive relationship with Millennium Point, and we look forward to working with the team there to identify and welcome bright new diverse STEM talent across a varied set of specialisms including Computing, Networking, Film and Visual FX, Automotive, Civil, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, Sound & Music Technologies and Construction Design, Surveying and Management – in what will be hopefully another record year for applications.”
For more information, visit millenniumpoint.org.uk/scholarship.
You can also find Millennium Point on Twitter and Instagram @millenniumpoint or on Facebook at facebook.com/millenniumpoint.
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