The Connolly Foundation Bursary

The Connolly Foundation are a major charity based in Bedfordshire who have already given more than £10 million to local organisations to support young people in the county. The Bursary rewards academic excellence and offers up to £2,500 towards the funding of a degree or apprenticeship.


Applicants for the Main Award must have studied at least 2 of the following subjects: English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature, Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History, Geography, Economics, Classics, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Psychology, Law, Physical Education/Sports Science (A-Level / BTEC), Computer Science (A-Level/BTEC).

Successful applicants will be required to achieve A-Level passes at grades A*-B in a combination of two of the above subjects plus an additional subject. BTEC students must achieve a D* or D to be eligible. Extended Project Qualifications and General Studies are not accepted as additional subjects.

There is also a Discretionary Award available for students who have not met the above criteria but who have shown exceptional commitment to their courses.

How do I apply for the bursary?

In order to apply for the first year funding, students should complete the appropriate application form (please see below) electronically before emailing to [email protected] for checking and references. The deadline for applications in 2023 is Friday 31st March 2023.

Connolly Foundation - Main Award Application Form

Connolly Foundation - Discretionary Award Application Form

We will confirm student exam results in August and will use UCAS tracker information to confirm that you have taken your university place as indicated. The Connolly Foundation will then process the bursary applications and will usually transfer the money at the end of October or the beginning of November. The first payment will come to Vandyke and we will pay directly into student bank accounts. Thereafter all payments will come directly from the Connolly Foundation.

How do I apply for funding after my first year?

In order to reapply, students will need to email [email protected] with proof of their previous years exam results and evidence that they are about to start their second/third/fourth/fifth year.

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