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Mature Student Scholarship


This award has been generously provided by supporters of the University, who are committed to helping students from the University of Northampton so that they can achieve their full potential. We are very grateful for their generous gifts, which make a real difference to those who receive the award. For 2020 we are able to offer 5 scholarships of £2,000 to students who have commenced their courses in 2019/2020.

Read our Mature Student Scholarship case studies below.


  • the applicant must have commenced the first year of their course in 2019/20 to be eligible and this should be an undergraduate course lasting a minimum of two years.
  • the applicant should be aged 21 or above at the time of commencing their course.
  • the purpose of the awards is to support an exceptional student, this may include having overcome certain challenges to enrol upon and remain studying on a course at the University of Northampton.
  • the making of awards is entirely at the discretion of the Trustees.


The deadline for applications in 2020 has now passed. We hope to be able to offer further scholarships in 2021.

  • Michael Rutagwenda is studying Mental Health Nursing at the University and received £2,000 from the scholarship. This year, the scholarship was 50% funded by Santander, allowing us to make awards to 10 students rather than five as in previous years.

    Explaining his personal circumstances that led him to apply for the fund, he said: “Firstly, I am overwhelmed with happiness and joy after being awarded the Mature Student Scholarship.

    “Like many mature people at university, I am more than just a student. I’m also a father, husband, uncle, benefactor and more, aspects of myself that are intertwined with responsibilities and most of which are financial.

    “Coming to university to continue pursuing my career as a mental health professional was not an easy decision. Some years ago, I worked at a mental health facility and was violently attacked by a patient. I was off work for a period and it took a lot to get myself back the point where I could approach starting a degree.

    “Terrible as the incident was for me and my family, through all my healing process I still felt a desire to explore further and widen my knowledge and understanding of mental health and mental well-being. My dream is now being fulfilled by being a Mental Health Nursing student at University of Northampton and the scholarship will certainly help me further settle into my new role of being a university student!”


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