About the Foundation

Registered Charity No: 1104518

The REACT Foundation was originally conceived in 2004 to encourage West Cumbrian students to attend university to study an engineering related degree. This initially involved a prize for one student heading off to university, but has now extended to include prizes for year 11 students planning on going to sixth form to study science or engineering related subjects, or to college to study for a Level 3 Diploma in STEM. We also offer a series of Science shows and workshop for students each year (see Awards and Science Shows pages for more details).

The Foundation was registered with the charity commission in May 2004 and initially set up with a £5,000 donation from REACT Engineering Limited. Since then, further donations by REACT Engineering Limited and a substantial grant of £30,000 have been received from the West Cumbria Development Fund. REACT Engineering Limited has maintained its commitment to donate to the Foundation each year providing the company is profitable.

The trustees continue to seek further donations to support their work.

With thanks to our current sponsors of the annual science shows.

  • University of Cumbria
  • E.on

and our partners

  • IMechE West Cumbria
  • National Science Museum
  • ICanToo programme we have worked in partnership with Bendalls, Innovia, Forth, Shepley Engineers, Romar Innovate, University of Manchester, University of Salford and Smallpiece Trust. The programme has also been support by Inspira and University of Cumbria Hello Programme
  • First Lego League programme we have partnered with CSTEM and IET.

Helping us to Inspire the Engineers of the future.

Student Awards

Do you love solving problems? Have you considered taking Science, Engineering, Technology or Maths at 6th Form or college? Are you wondering whether University is for you? We think YOU could be one of the great engineers or scientists of the future and we want to help! Why not apply for the REACT Foundation Post 16 or University Bursary Awards and you could win a cash award to help towards your studies.

Bursary & Post 16 Awards

Post 16 and University Bursary Awards help ambitious and bright students achieve their full potential supporting the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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