Unlock their future with a fully funded degree.
Get your children to apply for the Millennium Point Trust Scholarship, which aims to build confidence and appetite for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers in the West Midlands. To apply they must be 17 or over and live in the West Midlands Combined Authority. This must be their first undergraduate degree and should be started in September 2021. For more information see our “rules” page.
What’s the Scholarship?
The Millennium Point Trust Scholarship aims to encourage diversity and engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Each year, the Millennium Point Charitable Trust will fund fully fund one undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
Following an initial application, we select up to five finalists to compete in a final stage, presenting on current topics relating to their chosen industry in front of a panel of local industry experts.
The winner has their undergraduate tuition fees fully-paid by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust for three years and all five finalists will have opportunities for growth and personal development as alumni of the competition, to ensure that they are supported in making the first steps in their career in the West Midlands. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain from this outstanding opportunity.
Where does the money come from?
The Millennium Point Charitable Trust owns the 46,450 sqm landmark Millennium Point building on Curzon street in the eastside of Birmingham City Centre (opposite the future Curzon Railway). Profits from our commercial activity as a landmark public building and multi-award-winning conference and events venue feedback into the charitable trust, enabling it to donate and invest in STEM-related organisations, projects and initiatives.
Interview with our 2019 Winner, Laura Avis
Laura, formerly of Bounrveville College, won the scholarship in 2019 and is now studying BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology at BCU. We caught up with her at the end of her first term to find out more about her experience with the scholarship.
How can you get involved?
We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you to spread the word. Tell parents, young people, teachers, colleagues – anyone and everyone. The more people who know about the project, the bigger it gets and the more impact we can make together. Below you’ll also find links to some useful assets to help you. You can also follow, like, share and retweet @millenniumpoint on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn with #MPScholarship.
Why is this important?
It’s been estimated that 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet. Currently, there is a shortfall of 173,000 skilled workers as 89% of STEM businesses struggle to recruit. New STEM roles expected to double in the next 10 years: businesses warn of economic impact if skills shortage continues. STEM skills are not limited to STEM businesses but encompass the entire working landscape.
How does this relate to the scholarship?
The scholarship aims to encourage young people to consider STEM careers by making them more accessible, particularly to those traditionally marginalised by income, race, gender and sexuality. It’s our belief that by eliminating these barriers we are increasing the potential talent pool exponentially.
What are you waiting for? Get involved!
Other initiatives that might benefit you
The scholarship competition is our flagship initiative alongside the Millennium Point Trust Grants which provides annual funding of up to £20,000 to schools, not-for-profits and charities in Birmingham and the West Midlands Combined Authority. Find out about how our funding opportunities for schools, charities and not-for-profits on our grants page. We’re always on the look out for new ways in which we can support the growth of STEM in the region, if you an idea or want to reach out to us about collaborating then please get in touch.
Should you have any further queries that we have not addressed in our “help applying” page then please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
Address: Millennium Point Trust, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG. Registered charity number 1059451.
Contact: Vanessa Currie
Tel: 0121 202 2219