Crowd-funded scholarship makes study in London easier


Students around the world are set to have their have their accommodation paid for through the world’s first crowd-funded scholarship. Since university fees were raised following the last general election, some students have found the cost of attending a British university out of their reach. With UK fees set to remain high under a resurgent Conservative government, help is arriving in the form of the ‘Living the Dream’ scholarship from Uniplaces, the fastest growing online booking platform for student accommodation.

The first of its kind, the Living The Dream scholarship has been crowd-funded by students with £1 from each booking made on the Uniplaces website going towards the scholarship fund. Built on a social growth model, the scholarship is set to help more students each year as Uniplaces attracts more users. On March 6th it was announced that Francisco Goiana da Silva from Imperial College London was the first student to be awarded the debut Living the Dream scholarship.

Goiana da Silva was nominated by his fellow students after he helped fellow students relax by arranging an informal wine tasting session. “We’re thrilled to offer Francisco a Living the Dream scholarship and his act of kindness totally deserved the 860 votes it received.” enthused Uniplaces co-founder Ben Grech “It’s a great example of the kind of behaviour we like to see among student communities, which helps people get to know each other through a bit of old fashioned friendliness!”

Uniplaces co-founder Ben Grech continued, “We believe that more students should take a leaf out of Francisco’s book and study at the right university for them, whatever country that might be in. The Living The Dream scholarship will make this possible for more students around the world by helping break down social and geographical barriers and empowering student mobility.”

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