The Sidney Perry Foundation trust aims primarily to help first degree students. Students must be younger than 35 when the course starts. Eligible foreign students studying in Britain can also apply. Postgraduates may also receive support.
The trust aims primarily to help first degree students. Students must be younger than 35 when the course starts. Eligible foreign students studying in Britain can also apply. Postgraduates may also receive support (see under Types of grants).
The foundation is unable to assist:
- The first year of a (three or four year) first degree save in exceptional circumstances.
- Medical students during their first year if Medicine is their second degree. Medical students during elective periods and intercalated courses.
- Second degree courses where the grade in the first is lower than a 2:1 save in exceptional circumstances.
- Second degree courses or other postgraduate study unrelated to the first unless they are a necessary part of professional training (e.g. medicine, dentistry).
- Expeditions overseas, emergency funding or clearance of existing debts.
- Students over the age of 35 years when their course of study commences save in the most exceptional circumstances.
- A level and GCSE examinations. Students on Access, ESOL, HNC, HND, BTEC, GNVQ and NVQ
- levels 1-4 and Foundation courses nor, except in exceptional circumstance
Type of grants
One-off and recurrent grants for around £800 with the maximum award of £1,200 reserved for exceptional cases. Grants are usually towards books and equipment/instruments. Applicants can reapply in further years.
Distance learning, correspondence, part-time and short-term courses may be considered according to circumstances, in particular Open University engineering courses.
Applications can be made at any time on official forms available from the correspondent and directly by the individual. Incomplete forms will be disregarded. Enclosure of an sae would be appreciated. 'Students are expected to have a confirmed placement at college and have the bulk of their funding before approaching the foundation. We will not contact referees on an applicant's behalf: candidates should ensure an academic reference (not a photocopy) is included'. Previous beneficiaries of grants should include details of the previous grant i.e. amount of grant, year received and grant number.
The foundation is unable to deal with student debt or financial problems needing a speedy resolution.