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St Nicholas Scholarship

The St Nicholas Educational Trust provided funds to support students from Newcastle wishing to study at Durham University.

The St Nicholas Educational Trust began life in 1847 as the Ragged Boys School, Newcastle, whose aims were "to enable poor children, living within the parish of St. Nicholas, to obtain a good education in order that they may earn an honest living".

In 1925 it moved to Axwell Park for open spaces and playing fields, and in 1957 became an Approved School. Axwell Park closed in 1983 and the Trust stopped providing education on site in 1995 but has been offering grants to young people to benefit their education ever since.

Durham University is delighted to announce that the Trust has very generously provided funds to support students from Newcastle wishing to study at Durham University.

Amount £2,500 stipend per year for the duration of your programme at Durham University
Year of Entry Applicants for programmes commencing in 2022/23
Number of awards available Two
Level of study Undergraduate
Mode of study Full-time
Programmes All undergraduate programmes
Duration Length of undergraduate programme 


  • Regularly attended a full-time educational course from the age of 16 up to the date of application (exclusions due to illness may apply)
  • Have a household income below £42,875 based on an assessment carried out by Student Finance England. Preference will be given to applicants with a household income below £25,000
  • Resident in one of the 26 administrative wards of Newcastle City Council at the point of submitting an academic application through UCAS for a place at Durham University

Not sure if you're eligible? Contact us for advice.

How to apply

  1. Apply for a course

    Submit an academic application to Durham University before the UCAS deadline of 26th January 2022.

    Apply to UCAS
  2. Complete a scholarship application

    Submit a scholarship application describing your financial circumstances, how the St Nicholas Scholarship would help you to study at Durham University, and why you want to study at Durham University by the 17th March 2022.


    Provide a copy of your Student Finance England assessment letter detailing your maintenance loan entitlement to be sent by email to (if you are waiting for confirmation of your entitlement please submit your scholarship application and forward details of your assessment letter as soon as you can).


    Application deadline

    17th March 2022

    When candidates will hear the outcome of their application

    End of May 2022

    Submit an online scholarship application
  3. Submit a character reference

    Submit a character reference from one of your teachers in support of your scholarship application to be sent by email to

    Please ensure your referee submits the reference on letter headed paper which contains:

    • their name
    • position
    • contact details
    • the name of the scholarship you are applying for
    • your full name
  4. Selection process

    • All eligible applications for the St Nicholas Scholarship will be considered on the basis of their personal statement, references and the status of their academic application
    • Other scholarship awards may also be taken into account when considering scholarship allocation
    • The University may use additional datasets to identify applicants who come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression to higher education or high levels of socio-economic deprivation


Durham University makes every effort to ensure that the information published or contained on its website is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not subsequently be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University's reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) changes in Government policy or change of law. Whilst any changes will be incorporated into the University's website any person wishing to clarify the details of a particular scholarship/s should contact the University at


Get in touch

If you have any questions about whether you are eligible for a scholarship or the application process, get in touch with our Scholarships and Student Funding Office:

Scholarships and Student Funding Office

Durham University

Palatine Centre

Stockton Road