Apply for a bursary
The ICAS Foundation awards bursaries of up to £2,500 per year, to individuals whose parents or guardians earn under a certain threshold per annum. The bursaries aim to help alleviate the costs of studying and, for example, day-to-day living costs. Bursaries are available to secondary school students, college students or students already at university who are applying to study on an approved course, for example an accountancy or finance degree.
Individuals receiving an ICAS Foundation bursary are automatically enrolled in the ICAS mentoring scheme which aims to help young people to reach their fullest potential with the help and support of an experienced Chartered Accountant (CA).
Bursary applications are accepted annually in Spring for the following academic year.
Are You Eligible?
If you are a UK citizen, or a UK resident with leave to remain, you are eligible to apply to the ICAS Foundation if you can answer yes to the following questions:
- Have you applied, intend to apply or are currently studying an undergraduate course in accountancy or finance course at university?
- Is your parental/guardian income under £34,000?
- Will you receive a government funded bursary to study at university? (For example, in Scotland this would be a Student Bursary from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).)
If the answer is yes to all of the above then you are eligible to apply for an ICAS Foundation Bursary.
Students in receipt of a scholarship from the university or a trust similar to the ICAS Foundation are not eligible to apply. If you would like to clarify your eligibility please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply
Please complete this ICASF Bursary Application Form and Guidelines 2020 paying particular attention to the Bursary Application Guidelines prior to completing the form. Once we have received your completed application together with supporting documentation we will acknowledge receipt and consider the evidence and references that you have submitted.
A committee of ICAS Foundation Trustees will review all of the information submitted when making a decision.
What we are looking for
There is no wrong or right way to complete the personal statement but the following information should be included:
- How will an ICAS Foundation Bursary make a difference to you and your studies
- Family background i.e. who you live with and their circumstances
- Participation in community activities (such as volunteering outside school)
- Any part-time work or work experience
- Career aspirations
- Participation in any university or career insight programmes
- Reasons for your university and course choices
- Additional information to support your application
We would recommend you make full use of the 1000 words available for your personal statement.