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The Oxford-Arlan Hamilton & Earline Butler Sims Scholarship
Scholarship Name The Oxford-Arlan Hamilton & Earline Butler Sims Scholarship
Academic Year 2020
Nationality Any

The scholarship, launched for 2020 entry, is available to UK undergraduates of Black African and Caribbean heritage who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme is funded by the generosity of Arlan Hamilton, an international entrepreneur assisting underrepresented business founders.

The Oxford-Arlan Hamilton & Earline Butler Sims Scholarship, named in part as a living tribute to Arlan’s mother, will provide one award for 2020 entry covering annual fees and living costs, and an internship grant to support a placement opportunity during a scholar's course. One scholarship will also be available for 2021 entry and for 2022 entry.

Am I eligible?

Nationality and Residency:  Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and of Black African or Caribbean heritage (including applicants of mixed race with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage) 
Level of study: Undergraduate. Applications will not be considered from those applying for a second undergraduate degree.
Year of study: New students
Subject:  All subjects in the course listing
College: All colleges
Other criteria: 

The scholarship, available to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, will be awarded taking into account the following criteria:

  1. Your level of household income.
  2. Socio-economic and educational measures of disadvantage, based on contextual undergraduate admissions data as used by the University. Visit our dedicated admissions page for more information. 
  3. A statement of between 500 and 1,000 words explaining why the scholarship would be beneficial to your studies at Oxford, how it would help you to achieve your academic goals, and how your education would be of future benefit to your community and/or society. 
  4. Evidence of your academic progress and achievements, as detailed in your UCAS form.  

What does it cover?

Duration:  3 or 4 years depending on course length. Students undertaking a six-year medical degree would only receive funding for the first four years of the course.
Value: Course fees (at the Home rate) and a grant towards living costs. An internship grant of up to £3,000 will also be available during the scholar's course.
Number:  One award will be available for 2020 entry.

How do I apply?

  1. You must make an application to the University of Oxford for an undergraduate course through UCAS by 15 October 2019, and be successful in gaining a place for entry in 2020.
  2. The application form and guidance notes for 2020 entry will be made available on this page in spring 2020.
  3. The selection process will be undertaken in early summer 2020.
  4. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in late July 2020.
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