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President’s Award Scheme

The President’s Award Scheme (PAS) offers two separate bursaries for eligible beneficiaries: Educational Scholarships and Educational Grants.

 

1. Educational Scholarships

Educational Scholarships of up to £1,500 are availableto the dependants of current and former service personnel*. Dependant children applying for this scholarship must be 21 or under. Funding can only be considered for a first degree. No funding can be considered for Postgraduate or overseas studies.

Up to £1,500 may be awarded to beneficiaries and is usually granted towards the cost of university accommodation. The award may also be made towards the cost of books, travel/living costs, or other specific needs related to the course.

To qualify for an Educational Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a dependant of a current or former serviceperson and 21 or under when making their initial application. However, funding can be provided until the age of 23 for existing recipients.

  • Be studying for their first Undergraduate degree.
  • Not studying a Postgraduate qualification and not studying overseas.

  • Be in financial hardship and have applied for full Student Loan, Grant, and/or other statutory assistance available.

Please download the PAS Scholarship Application Form here and the Application Guidance Notes here. If you have previously received the Scholarship and wish to apply for funding for the next academic year, please use this Scholarship Continuation Application Form.

 

2. Educational Grants

Educational grants of up to £500 are available to current and former service personnel, child dependants and spouses/partners* wishing to complete educational courses or re-training schemes. No funding can be considered for Postgraduate or overseas studies.

Up to £500 can be awarded towards costs associated with completing your course such as books, equipment, travel, and uniform.  A grant towards course costs may be considered exceptionally by the Committee.

To apply for an Educational Grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be the dependant child of a current or former serviceperson, or

  • Be ex-service personnel, or

  • Be the spouse/partner* of a Serving or ex-Serviceman or woman

  • Not be studying a Postgraduate qualification and not studying overseas.

  • Be in financial hardship and have applied for any statutory assistance available, e.g. Student Finance if applicable.

Please download the PAS Grant Application Form here and the Application Guidance Notes here

 

How to apply

If you think you meet the above criteria and you’d like to apply to this scheme, please download, complete, and sign the respective applications available in the links above. Please complete this application comprehensively, collate the evidence listed in the Section 8 Checklist of the forms, sign & date Section 9 and submit these documents in PDF or Word format to wswelfare@britishlegion.org.uk.

You can also return the application by post to ‘President’s Award Scheme (Grants), TRBL, 199 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1AA’.  Please note that any applications and evidence sent by post are sent at your own risk and neither the Royal British Legion nor the RBL Women’s Section is to be liable for any items lost in transit.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the Royal British Legion’s Contact Centre on 0808 802 8080 who will pass your query to the appropriate person for response. Alternative contact options are available on the Contact Us page.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Applications under this scheme are approved by a Committee who meet three times a year, generally in January, July, and September.  Please ensure that you return your applications by the 15th of the month before.

  • The President's Award Scheme is available to non commissioned ranks only.

  • All applications are subject to assessment and approval of the Awards Committee, the Committee has full and final discretion to offer or decline to offer an award based on their assessment of each application.

*For exact beneficiary definitions, please view the document Beneficiary Definitions PDF (184kb)