How it Works

You can help us in one of three ways: funding a Scholarship yourself, getting together with family or friends to fund a Group Scholarship, or donating a smaller amount that will go to fund a book or books as part of a ‘Bookshelf Scholarship’.

We Passionately Believe

  • Students from lower-income households aspiring to go to university deserve greater financial support than they receive post-2016
  • Directing Scholarships to the school we went to, or the community we live in, makes donations more personal and powerful
  • We can all be philanthropists – it’s not the preserve of millionaires

Fund a Scholarship Yourself

Our Scholarships are for £250, around the average cost of a student’s first year Reading List. We hope you feel able and inspired to fund a student yourself. Your gesture will help a student and will make a difference. If you nominate a school or college – your old school perhaps, or one in your community – we will contact them and they will award the Scholarship to a high-achieving student from a lower-income household about to start university in September. Just let us know which school or college you’d like it directed to. If you’d like, the Scholarship can be awarded in your name: A Reading List Foundation Scholarship, supported by ……. We will let you know (in October) where the student is going on to study, and what subject, so you get a strong sense of who your Scholarship will help. Your generosity will help someone follow in your footsteps.

“He is without doubt one of the best students I have had the pleasure to work with. He has committed himself to his studies with a work ethic that can best be described as prolific. His perseverance in overcoming challenges demonstrates that he is set for a fantastic future.”

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Get together and fund a Group Scholarship

We recognise that a £250 Scholarship represents a significant donation, but why not group together with old school friends, old university friends, family or friends in your community, and fund a group Scholarship. If you can contribute £250 in total we can award it in your name – a nod to the Class of ’92, or Parents of Springfield for example. Get together and be inspiring. We will let you know (in October) where the student is going on to study, and what subject, so you get a strong sense of who your Scholarship will help. If you donate this way, please reference each individual donation with a unique identifier e.g. ‘Exeter Class of ’92’, or ‘Alan Smith family donation’, so we know to pool them together.

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Bookshelf Scholarships

We would like to see a Reading List Foundation Scholarship awarded in every state-funded school or college in England. To make progress towards this we value every donation, however large or small. If you would prefer to fund a ‘book’ rather than a whole Scholarship, we will put your donation towards one of our many collective Scholarships across England.

“Her resilience, despite regular setbacks, has been truly phenomenal and her ability to get up and go, at the worst points, has been inspirational. She will really benefit from the Scholarship.”

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The majority of our donations are channelled through Virgin Money Giving. However, if you would prefer to donate a different way please give us a call, email or write to us.  Cheques can be made payable to The Reading List Foundation, and contact details can be found here.


A Gift Aid declaration form that can increase the worth of your donation by 25% can be downloaded here.