Durham University receives donation to provide scholarship for County Durham residents
(10 July 2018)
Durham University has received a generous gift to set up a scholarship fund for prospective students living in County Durham. The Brian Cooper Scholarship Fund will provide an annual scholarship to a local student in need of financial assistance.
Donors Claire Pringle and her husband Tony have worked closely with the University to set up the scholarships in memory of Brian Cooper – father of Claire and her brother Noel. The scholarships may contribute to living costs, tuition fees or other associated costs of study.
In memory of a local man
Claire’s father, Brian Cooper, was born in Horden in 1938 to a family of coal miners. After leaving school at 15, he started working at Horden colliery, fixing mining machinery and went to night school to gain qualifications in mining engineering.
Brian worked his way up in his career and became a Human Resources Manager at Northumbrian Water Authority. He then went on to establish the North East office for Coutts Career Consultants where he was instrumental in setting up the sponsorship of an MBA at Durham University. He left Coutts after ten years and worked as a human resources consultant before retiring eighteen years ago.
Supporting young people from County Durham
Donor, Claire Pringle said: “Whilst my Dad never patted himself on the back for his achievements, my brother and I are extremely proud of him. He never had the opportunity to go to university but encouraged my brother and I to do so, which we did, with his full support.
“Because of my Dad's background, I am eager to support young people from the local area who, because of financial restraints, would probably not consider university as an option, let alone a university as prestigious as Durham.”
Vice-Chancellor and Warden at Durham University, Professor Stuart Corbridge, said:
“The Scholarship has been established in memory of Brian Cooper, a local man who showed great determination and seized the opportunity to develop his skills. We are delighted that the family of Mr Cooper chose to work with Durham University to establish this gift.
“The Scholarship perfectly complements the existing work that the University is undertaking to attract talented students from the region to study at Durham. They could not be more welcome here, at the University which lies in the heart of their county. We look forward to receiving enquiries from local prospective students about the scholarship and about studying at Durham University.”
Applying for the scholarship
Information about the Scholarships is now available here. From Autumn 2018 the scholarships will be open for applications from individuals who wish to study for an undergraduate degree at Durham University beginning in October 2019. Applicants must be residing in County Durham and should have undertaken the majority of their previous schooling at a state school. They must be in need of financial assistance to attend university.
The value and length of each Scholarship offered will be determined by the University, but the awards are likely to be made to the successful student in every year of their undergraduate degree and are expected to be a minimum of £13,000 per year. Applicants can be applying to study any subject.