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BP establishes UK undergraduate scholarship fund

BP has launched a new scholarship programme for talented STEM undergraduates studying at nine selected universities across the UK.

In its first year, the BP scholarship programme will provide 90 scholarships, each worth £5,000, and will be open to nine universities to support ten scholars each. As the programme is rolled out over the initial four years, it will be expanded year on year, providing a total scholarship fund of up to £4.5m. The fund will then progress as an annual scholarship programme providing funding of up to £1.8m each year.

Aimed at building capacity in skills and knowledge that is greatly needed in the energy industry, the scholarship programme focuses on supporting the education and development of the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Undergraduate students from the nine universities can apply for the scholarship based on the completion of an online application form, ability test, and a face-to-face interview with BP.

In each year of their degree the scholars will be invited to participate in a range of activities both on campus and on site with BP. These will include a two to three day interactive event designed to help students understand more about the oil and gas industry, with the opportunity to shadow a BP intern for two to three days during the summer, as well as early access to apply for both the BP Internship programme and graduate programme.

“STEM graduates’ problem solving and quick thinking capabilities help drive innovation and development in business,” says Emma Judge, head of Graduate Resourcing, BP. “We hope the scholarship fund will lighten students’ concerns about funding their further education in today’s economic climate, and encourage more of the brightest and best minds to continue to study STEM subjects.”

The universities selected to take part are Durham University, Imperial College London, University of Bath, University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford and University of Strathclyde.

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