Wheatley Group education bursary scheme to support its 400th customer

An education bursary scheme to help tenants living in some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities will reach a major milestone this year.

Bursary recipient Michael Gowran

Wheatley Group’s bursary programme will support its 400th customer this year.

Since the programme was launched in 2016, Scotland’s leading housing, care and property-management group has awarded over 380 bursaries to help tenants.

This year’s programme has just opened for applications – with another 50 education bursaries available.

Funded by the Group’s charitable trust, Wheatley Foundation, the bursaries are available to people living in homes owned by one of Wheatley’s social landlords – Wheatley Homes Glasgow, Wheatley Homes South, Wheatley Homes East and Loretto Housing – and people who live in a home factored by or rented from Lowther.

Wheatley Homes Glasgow tenant Michael Gowran, 26, lives in the Scotstoun area of Glasgow with his partner and three-year-old daughter.

Michael is in third year studying BA in Performance at the University of the West of Scotland. The course covers acting, theatre and performance.

He said: “Having a bursary from Wheatley Foundation has been great – it helped cover all of my travel costs and books for the year.

“I returned to further education after a few years out, so the bursary also meant I haven’t had to work while attending university full-time and working on course work and assignments.”

Bursaries are worth up to £1500 a year for full-time students and £750 for part-time studies.

The bursaries help Wheatley customers with the expense of studying for an HNC, HND, Undergraduate Degree or Postgraduate course.  

Professor Paddy Gray OBE, Chair of Wheatley Foundation, said: “We are delighted we’ll reach this milestone figure and be able to support over 400 tenants from our communities.

“The cost-of-living crisis has made it more difficult than ever before for people to be able to afford to go to college or university.

“Our education bursary is a lifeline for so many customers to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential.”

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2023.

For more information, email bursaries@wheatley-group.com

Tuesday, May 30, 2023