University Bursary Awards

Are you in Year 12 , or studying at an equivalent level at college? Have you thought about studying an Engineering, Science, Maths or Technology related degree? If you are bright, motivated and ambitious, university could open the door to many exciting opportunities in the future and The REACT Foundation want to help you on your path. 

You could win a £3,000 bursary from The REACT Foundation, with the opportunity to also be considered for an extra £1,000 bursary if you choose to study Mechanical Engineering, courtesy of IMechE West Cumbria Branch.

If you are decide to study at Bachelors level or above in any Engineering, Science, Maths or Technology related degree course, why not apply for the REACT Foundation Bursary Award and The Foundation could pay you up to £3,000 in cash. All you have to do is write a short personal statement telling us why you think you should receive this award. 

The trustees are interested in one thing - why should they award YOU this money? In letting us know about yourself you might want to think about one or more of the following questions - Why do you deserve this award? Why or how did you decide your chosen subject? How will this award make a difference to you? How might you make a difference in the future? How can you show you are a dedicated and committed person? Are there any challenges you have had to overcome to get to where you are?  

IMechEIn addition IMechE West Cumbria branch has offered a bursary of £1,000 to a student considering studying mechanical engineering at Bachelors level or above. To apply for this award there is no extra work involved. If you plan on studying Mechanical Engineering simply mark 'Yes' into the Mechanical bursary award options box on the Application form.

Please note that The REACT Foundation may approach your sixth form or college for a reference to support your application. The closing date for this years applications is 31st May 2024.

Here in West Cumbria we have some very good young engineers. We hope to encourage them to study, gain their degree and return to the area to develop their careers. As a result of a recent survey of young West Cumbrian engineers, the Board of Trustees has found one of the biggest concerns about going off to university is the high costs of fees.

We need to help and encourage these vibrant, ambitious and bright engineers to bring home their potential and create opportunities to really make a difference to themselves and society

Pete Woolaghan, Chairman of The REACT Foundation


Award Application

The REACT Foundation Bursary Award is a £3,000 cash prize which will be presented to a West Cumbrian A-level student studying an engineering related subject at university.

Applicants must be planning to study engineering, maths or a science at university and receipt of the prize will depend upon the student being successful at gaining a place on a course. The application is an online form which includes a short personal statement. The Foundation trustees will review the applications and select a winner.

The student’s school will also receive the School’s Trophy in recognition of it producing the winning candidate.

The IMechE also sponsor a £1,000 prize which any student planning on studying mechanical engineering can apply for. They simply need to put “Yes” in the Mechanical Bursary Awards option box.

The REACT Foundation Board of Trustees / IMechE West Cumbria anticipates making at least one award each on an annual basis but reserve the right not to issue any, should the applications not meet the required standard.

If you are interested in the University Bursary Award, then please complete the Award Application Form.

You may want to have the following details to hand before you start to complete the form.

  • Your place of birth (Town, County or Country)
  • Details of School, Grades, Awards, Youth Organisations, Hobbies etc.
  • Proposed Degree including UCAS Code and course name
  • Student Personal Statement


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