Rufus of Ruskinmere Sciences Scholarship

Academic year 2024
Amount £5,000


This scholarship was established by a gift in the will of Leonard Geffen, an RVC Alumnus (1941) and was named for his favourite dog, a St Bernard called Rufus of Ruskinmere.

Level: Undergraduate
Course: BSc Bioscience courses
Country: All
Value: £5,000 a year for each year of the course
No. of awards: One new awardee each year


To ensure we provide support to offer holders from underrepresented backgrounds, we use contextual information from the UCAS application as a part of the awarding process. The following information is considered:

  • Whether the applicant is from a low participation neighbourhood, using HEFCE POLAR 4 and Index of Multiple Deprivation data.

  • Whether the applicant is a care leaver (this must have been declared on the UCAS application to be considered).

  • Whether the applicant has received Free School Meals (this must have been declared on the UCAS application to be considered).

  • Whether the applicant is a refugee (this must have been declared on the UCAS application to be considered).

  • Whether the applicant has a disability (this must have been declared on the UCAS application to be considered).

  • Whether the applicant is the first in their family to attend Higher Education, not including siblings  (this must have been declared on the UCAS application to be considered).

  • Whether the applicant has attended a school/college at level 2 and at level 3 that the RVC has determined is a contextual school.

Priority is given to those meeting multiple contextual markers and who show a commitment to the biological sciences professions over the veterinary profession. Those who meet the most contextual markers will be invited to apply for the scholarship once all offers have been processed and before the UCAS decision deadline, usually in May.


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