What is a Disabled Veterans' Scholarship?
If you’ve been injured in, or due to, military service, you could be funded to complete a full Open University qualification.
We offer 50 scholarships every year, and all undergraduate and postgraduate modules and qualifications are eligible. You’ll have your fees waived for a maximum of 120 credits per seasonal academic year, up to a maximum of 360 credits, which is equivalent to a full honours degree.
To be eligible, you’ll need to meet all the following criteria:
- starting OU study for the first time in the applicable academic year
- eligible for a UK fee
- disabled as a result of, or in, military service.
The full eligibility criteria are listed in the scholarship terms and conditions.
What supporting evidence will I need?
You’ll need to provide evidence as a part of your application that confirms your disability arose during, or as a result of, military service. This could be a letter from your current GP or consultant, or your confirmation of medical discharge.
How to apply to the Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund:
Applications are open, as of 18 March 2020. You’ll need to download the full scholarship terms and conditions, as well as the scholarship application form.
Complete the application form, providing evidence, and return it to our Student Fees team – you’ll find their contact details on the application form.
Applications close at midnight 30 June 2020.
We’ll randomly select 50 successful applicants on 3 July 2020. If you’re successful, you’ll receive a letter by 10 July 2020. We’ll also be in touch shortly afterwards to discuss your individual needs, including support in choosing a course, if you need help deciding what to study.
The Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund wouldn’t be possible without the support of our generous donors. The scheme has been kindly supported by:
- ABF (The Soldiers’ Charity)
- Amey plc
- BAE Systems plc
- Balfour Beatty plc
- The Big Give
- The Chancellor, using LIBOR funds
- Constance Travis Charitable Trust
- Sir Christopher Coville, KCB
- Englefield Charitable Trust
- Simon Gibson Charitable Trust
- The Inman Charity
- The ‘Lest We Forget’ Association
- Leidos UK
- PF Charitable Trust
- Queen Mary’s Roehampton Trust
- The Samuel Storey Family Charitable Trust
- Thales Charitable Trust
- The Trelix Charitable Trust
- The Utley Foundation
- The Veterans’ Foundation
- The William Allen Young Charitable Trust
- The Worshipful Company of World Traders Charitable Trust
The over 1,100 alumni, friends and OU supporters including:
Robin Adcock; Gordon Dickenson; John Duncan; Eileen French; David Godson; Colin Hume; Doreen and Anthony Van West; Doug and Rachel Webb.
If you would like to discuss supporting the fund, please email Clare Davenport-Johnson to discuss donating.