Providing opportunities for the brightest students to come to the University of Oxford, regardless of their financial circumstance, is a core goal of the Oxford Thinking Campaign. Generous support from the Reuben Foundation is helping to ensure that this aspiration becomes a reality by providing undergraduate students with the necessary funding to enable them to fulfil their potential at Oxford. Reuben Scholars receive support to cover living costs in addition to contributions towards their academic fees.

So far, 20 students who would otherwise have struggled to accept their place at Oxford due to financial concerns, have received support from the Foundation. Spread across 16 colleges and permanent private halls at Oxford, the Reuben Scholars are taking full advantage of everything that the University has to offer. ‘I feel very fortunate that during my time at Oxford I have not had to face financial difficulty’ says Christopher Evans, who is in his third year of study in Philosophy and Theology. ‘This is entirely due to the generous bursary support I have received from the Reuben Foundation.’

‘Since arriving in Oxford’ explains Christopher, ‘I have sung with the Jesus College Chapel Choir and I am also heavily involved in student drama. I am particularly interested in scriptwriting and recently a performance of my debut play was staged at the Burton Taylor Studio.’

I feel extremely fortunate and will make the most of the wonderful opportunities it has afforded me.

The Reuben Foundation launched its scholarship programme in 2012, with Oxford as a key partner. Its aim is to enable students from less advantaged backgrounds to pursue a university education and to maximise the opportunities that this presents.

The students also interact with the Internship Office at the University and are invited to attend internship information workshops and employer-led sessions to assist in developing their career plans.

In addition, Reuben Scholars are encouraged to support and learn from each other and the development of a Reuben Scholar community is enhanced through regular social occasions which often involve representatives from the Reuben Foundation. ‘It was a pleasure to discuss the many benefits of my bursary support and to meet those who have funded this scheme’ Christopher continues. ‘I feel extremely fortunate and will make the most of the wonderful opportunities it has afforded me.’

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With the third cohort of 10 Reuben Scholars commencing their studies in Oxford in October 2014, the benefits of this support are clear. In a climate of increased undergraduate tuition fees it is vital that the University and its supporters can ensure the very best students are not deterred from applying for or accepting their place at Oxford.

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