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The Sir Tom Cowie Excellence Scholarship

The University is the recipient of a generous donation to support local students via the Sir Tom Cowie Excellence Scholarship.

This scholarship honours the memory and motivations of Sir Tom who was a long term benefactor of the University. Recipients must be a full-time undergraduate studying a course in the discipline of either Business* or Education and should be at the end of their penultimate year (second year for standard programmes or third year for four year programmes.) You must be on track for a 1st or high 2:1 degree classification and you must be from the City of Sunderland.

This scholarship is non repayable and is non means tested.
*specific business and education subjects only.

Read about how the Scholarship helped support this year's recipients here.

Sir Tom Cowie 2023

How to Apply

Applications are now open for academic year 2023-24.

To apply for the Sir Tom Cowie Scholarship you must complete an application form and submit it to the Development Office. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Development team to discuss their application in line with the specified criteria below.

 If your application does not meet the requirements then it will not be shortlisted to be put forward to the committee. Applications close Friday 26th May 2023 at noon.

View and download the requirement criteria

Education students - view and download an application form

Business students - view and download and application form

Virtual #DOSH drop in sessions are coming soon.. dates tbc!
 Applicants are welcome to email the team for specific advice and discuss a potential application:


Case Studies

Hear how the Sir Tom Cowie Excellence Scholarship has helped create life changing experiences for students:

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