John La Rose Award scheme

The John La Rose Award scheme was formerly known as the Haringey Fairer Education Fund (HFEF). 

Applications for 2023 have now closed. Thanks to all those who submitted their applications. 

Applications for 2024 entry will open in autumn 2023.

If you have any queries, or would like to know more about alternative support, please email fairereducation@haringey.gov.uk


About the programme

Now in its third year, the John La Rose Award scheme (formerly known as the Haringey Fairer Education Fund) is a programme of support for young people which sets out to make access to higher education fairer as part of the council’s wider ambitions to create a more equal borough.

Whether it’s university that you’re contemplating, or business school, or creative college, or another kind of higher education, the John La Rose Award provides support for courses beginning in autumn 2023.

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Who can get support

  • Any Haringey resident whose household has a combined income below £30,000 a year
  • Anyone applying for a higher education course (including university, business school, creative or technical college) that starts in autumn 2023.
  • Anyone entering higher education for the first time
  • Anyone who has been a Haringey resident for at least 3 years
  • Anyone who has been a Haringey resident for less than 3 years, but falls into any of these categories:
    • looked after children
    • asylum seekers
    • refugees
    • no recourse to public funds
    • young people with SEND
    • compulsory housing move by local authority
  • Anyone aged 25, or under, on 1 September 2023

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Support you will get if your application is successful

Course application fees and campus visits

The following costs will be reimbursed: 

  • UCAS application fee
  • 2 university campus visits or open days (up to £50 per trip)

Bursary grants to support living costs

A limited number of bursary grants are available, but we do encourage all those who meet the eligibility criteria above to apply as we may be able to signpost you to bursaries and grants from other institutions.

Bursary grant recipients will:

  • receive a termly payment to help cover living costs for the duration of their course.
  • be offered a paid summer placement with a council department or partner organisation relevant to their chosen course (after the second year of their course).

Mentoring and support

We will offer you a mentor from autumn 2023 to support you with the transition to higher education.

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How to apply 

Applications for 2023 have now closed. Applications for 2024 entry will open in autumn 2023.

 If you have any queries, or would like to know more about alternative support, please email fairereducation@haringey.gov.uk

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Page last updated:

December 17, 2022

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