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Durham University


St Nicholas Scholarship

The St. Nicholas' Educational Trust began life in 1847 as the Ragged Boys School, Newcastle, whose aims were "to enable poor children, living within the parish of St. Nicholas, to obtain a good education in order that they may earn an honest living".

In 1925 it moved to Axwell Park for open spaces and playing fields, and in 1957 became an Approved School. Axwell Park closed in 1983 and the Trust stopped providing education on site in 1995, but has been offering grants to young people to benefit their education ever since.

Durham University is delighted to announce that the Trust has very generously provided funds to support students from Newcastle wishing to study at Durham University.

  • Regularly attended a full time educational course since the age of 16 up to the date of application (exclusions due to illness may apply)
  • Have a household income below £42,875 (17/18 rates) based on an assessment carried out by Student Finance England. Preference will be given to applicants with a household income below £25,000.
  • Resident in one of the 26 administrative wards of Newcastle City Council at the point of submitting an academic application through UCAS for a place at Durham University.

Level of Study


Mode of study

Full time

Year of Entry

Applicants for programmes commencing in 2019/20


All undergraduate programmes

£2,500 stipend per year for the duration of your programme at Durham University

Number of awards available


Prospective applicants must:

  • Stage 1: submit an academic application to Durham University via UCAS prior to the scholarship deadline date of 2nd March 2019
  • Stage 2:

Submit by 2nd March 2019:

  • an online scholarship application including a personal statement of not more than 1,000 words describing your financial circumstances, how the St Nicholas Scholarship would help you to study at Durham University, and why you want to study at Durham University.
  • a character reference from one of your teachers in support of your scholarship application to be sent by email to Please ensure your referee submits the reference on letter headed paper which contains their name, position, contact details and your full name.
  • a copy of your Student Finance England assessment letter detailing your maintenance loan entitlement to be sent by email to (If you are waiting for confirmation of your entitlement please submit your scholarship application and forward details of your assessment letter as soon as you can)

Applications accepted from

26th November 2018

Application deadline

2nd March 2019

When candidates will hear the outcome of their application

30th March 2019

  • All eligible applications for the St Nicholas Scholarship will be considered on the basis of their personal statement, references and the status of their academic application by a panel of senior staff at Durham University.
  • Other scholarship awards may also be taken into account when considering scholarship allocation.
  • The University may use additional datasets to identify applicants who come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression to higher education or high levels of socio economic deprevation.

For further information or advice:


Phone: +44 (0)191 334 6395

“I have been lucky enough to receive the St Nicholas Scholarship for the past three years, during my Undergraduate degree. Without it, I wouldn't have been able to afford the incredible experiences I have had here at Durham.”

Charlotte Spedding, BSc Psychology