Building Bridges Criteria Information on applying for the Building Bridges Scholarship The aim is to provide financial support for students who by their studies at school; their extra-curricular activities and their examination results have shown that they are well qualified to take a university degree. The awards will be: For students studying, initially at Yale University, (after the initial pilot scheme, consideration will be given to students who successfully gain a place at other US universities) a bursary/scholarship of £2,738.96 will be given annually, for a maximum of 4 years At the end of each year, the student will be asked to supply a letter/certificate from the university to indicate that satisfactory progress in terms of achievement and attendance has been made. In the absence of such certificate/letter the bursary/scholarship will not be continued Made to 4 -6 students annually and will be reflective of the local community. Each year as long as there are sufficient funds scholarships/bursaries will be awarded. The decision as to awards will be made by a panel of at least 4 people; after consultation with school representatives. SELECTION CRITERIA FOR BUILDING BRIDGES SCHOLARSHIP Students will come from families which are eligible to claim various benefits, e.g. Parent/s unemployed and eligible for unemployment benefit/job seekers Parent/s on Disability Living Allowance Parent/s on Income Support Parents on a joint income of less than/or approximately £30K Applications will be considered from students who come from families with other exceptional circumstances e.g. Severely disabled or chronically ill siblings Other circumstances that the panel deem to be worthy of consideration, which the applicant has indicated in the letter of application If there are more than 6 applicants for the bursary; the successful applicants will be randomly selected by independent verifiers.