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Scholarships

We want students to go to the UK to study! We realize funding tends to be the main obstacle in achieving that dream, so we have made scholarship money available to Across the Pond students exclusively via The Across the Pond Scholarship.

In addition to the scholarship money available from Across the Pond itself, a handful of our partner universities want in on the action, making even more money available to Across the Pond students exclusively. We call these ATP Partner Scholarships. Please refer to the Unis & Awards tab for more information.

What makes our scholarship competition different? As a refreshing change to the traditional scholarship essay, we want students to have fun! We have therefore created an exciting video competition that gives students three minutes or less to use their creative and entertaining sides to communicate their excitement and enthusiasm for their coming adventure in the UK. Please refer to the Voting tab for further details of the competition process.

Students can apply for both the Across the Pond and ATP Partner scholarships, and in some instances, students can win both prizes. While ATP Partner Scholarship money will be applied as a tuition discount in advance of students arriving in the UK, Across the Pond Scholarship money will be distributed once students arrive on campus at an Across the Pond-partner university and open a British bank account, making this money available primarily for books, food, travel, or anything else that supports or assists students already in the UK.

In order to apply, please complete this application form and submit your video by May 1, 2019.  You may apply for more than one scholarship, but you will need to apply separately for each one. This means you will have to submit a separate and distinct video for each scholarship opportunity.

In addition to submitting an application form, you must also sign and submit our Disclaimer Form (see Disclaimer tab), which further details our scholarship terms and conditions. It is very important you read this.

For other important dates, please refer to the Dates tab.

The Across the Pond and ATP Partner Scholarship selection process is executed in two stages:

Stage 1

The Across the Pond Scholarship Committee will review each video submission and judge it according to our Voting Rubric (please see the Voting Rubric tab).  Those with the highest scores will be chosen as semi-finalists and will proceed to stage 2. 

Stage 2

Each semi-finalist’s video will be posted to Across the Pond’s voting page on Facebook.  Participants can then share this Facebook page with their family and friends to get votes.

Participants should know up front that Stage 2 has sometimes been referred to as a “popularity contest”, as it involves public voting via Facebook. Successful public voting on Facebook necessitates a substantial social media presence and following in the first place in order to “win” a scholarship. Across the Pond assumes that students who participate in the competition by submitting a video accept this element of the competition. 

PLEASE NOTE:  The winner of the Across the Pond Scholarship must be enrolled at one of our partner universities with a British bank account in order to receive their award. The winners of the ATP Partner Scholarship must accept an offer from the university to which the scholarship belongs in order to claim the prize. Students can apply for, and potentially win, both the Across the Pond scholarship and an ATP Partner scholarship. Please note that some participating universities do not allow students to win more than one university scholarship but will allow the student to take the scholarship that is worth more, if they are awarded two.

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Here is what we are looking for as we review your video:

  • Is the video creative?
  • Is the student clearly passionate about their studies and going to the UK?
  • Is the video entertaining, funny, engaging, etc.?
  • Is the student evidently enthusiastic and excited?  Did the student have fun with this project?
  • Is the video 3 minutes or less?
  • Does the student explain why they want to study in the UK and/or at their chosen university?
  • Does the student explain what they hope to get out of the experience?
  • Does the student discuss ATP's service to them in the process?
  • Is the video high quality overall?  For example, is the audio right? Is watching the video a pleasant experience?

Check out some of the videos we've received in previous competitions: 

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Please take note of these important dates in the scholarship competition:

  • January 31st – scholarship opens, video submissions welcomed
  • May 1st – scholarship closes, no more video submissions may be received

Across the Pond will review all submitted videos and will choose the semi-finalists for each scholarship opportunity according to our Voting Rubric. 

  • May 15th – finalists chosen and public voting begins

Finalists’ videos will be posted to our Facebook page where they can be voted on by the public at large. Your advisor will let you know if you have been chosen as a finalist in advance of May 15th.

  • May 22nd – public voting ends at 11:59 p.m. PST

In order to win the scholarship, your video will need to collect the most votes by May 22nd when public voting end. Voters can vote once a day. 

  • May 24th – Across the Pond Scholarship winners are announced
  • Month of June – ATP Partner Scholarship winners announced

Winners of the Partner scholarships will be announced throughout the month of June as and when participating universities confirm their awards.  Money is instantly applied as a tuition discount.

  • End of October – Across the Pond Scholarship money is distributed*

This scholarship money will be distributed once the student arrives on campus at an Across the Pond-partner university and opens a British bank account, making this money available primarily for books, food, travel, or anything else that supports or assists students already in the UK.

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You can apply for scholarships from the following (please note that all scholarships are only valid for the 2019 entry):

Across the Pond
Offering two scholarships: £3,000 for an undergraduate or graduate student and a £1,000 Across the Pond Choice award*.  

*Think of the Across the Pond Choice scholarship as a “people’s choice award” that goes to the favorite video of the Across the Pond Scholarship Committee and is awarded regardless of number of votes at the conclusion of stage 2.

Brunel University
Offering a £3000 award to five undergraduate and/or graduate students from the USA and/or Canada studying occupational therapy or physical therapy for each year of study.

*Please note that this university does not allow students to win more than one scholarship but will allow the student to take the scholarship that is worth more, if they are awarded two.

University of Chester
Offering one £2,500 scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student from the US or Canada for the first year of study. 

Middlesex University London
Offering three £3,000 scholarship to Canadian undergraduate and/or graduate students for the first year of study.

*Please note that this university does not allow students to win more than one scholarship but will allow the student to take the scholarship that is worth more, if they are awarded two. 

University of East Anglia:
Offering one scholarship to an undergraduate: £4000 if classroom fees based subject / £6,000 if laboratory fees based subject (valid for all three years) - and one £3,000 scholarship for graduate student from Canada.

University of Stirling
Offering two £3000 scholarships to graduate students from the USA and Canada for the first year of study.

*Please note that this university does not allow students to win more than one scholarship but will allow the student to take the scholarship that is worth more, if they are awarded two.

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It is likely you will want to use popular music in the creation of your video.  To avoid copyright infringement cases, we suggest you only use music available in the public domain or under the Creative Commons license.  Ensure anything outside the public domain or Creative Commons license would fall under fair use (e.g. using just a segment of a song, rather than the whole thing). If you’re not sure if something falls under fair use, we recommend you don’t use it. 

We suggest giving credit to the song and its author at the beginning of your video as further guard against copyright infringement. Unintentional copyright infringement is still copyright infringement.  We reserve the right to remove your video from the competition if it violates copyright.

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Please download the Disclaimer Form here