HSBC is providing £120,000 in university bursaries to help four promising students realise their potential and make the most of their time at university.

The bursaries will be awarded to the four students in November 2009, with £10,000 made available every year for three years. To enter, students1 need to complete a short online application2 explaining why they chose their degree and how they plan to use the funding.

The applications will then be short listed and the final decision made by a panel of judges, including:

• Aaron Porter, Vice President, NUS (National Union of Students)
• Joe Garner, Group General Manager, HSBC Bank plc
• Emerson Osmond, Commercial Manager, you go further .co .uk brought to you by UCAS

Lucy Payne, HSBC’s Youth and Student Manager said: “This is the second year we have made bursaries available and we are delighted to be able to do so again. HSBC invests heavily in financial education and literacy, focusing a lot of attention on helping young people and students to be responsible with their finances.”

In 2008, HSBC awarded four bursaries to students from a wide range of disciplines. Imogen Cornick, who received one of the bursaries, is studying Sports Science & Material Technology at Birmingham University. Commenting on how the bursary has helped her during her first year, Imogen said: “The money has been an enormous help and has opened the door to many opportunities. All the money I had before was spent on fees and living expenses; now I even have the funds to go on trips run by the university. I have also been able to cancel my student maintenance loan, which means I will graduate with no debt; a definite advantage.”


The four students who were awarded bursaries in the 2008 HSBC Student Bursary Awards3 are:

• Mira Athanassouli, studying German and Modern Greek at Kings College in London;
• Zac Imam, studying MSci Geophysics at Imperial College in London;
• Chandni Patel, studying Medical Genetics at Queen Mary’s College, University of London; and
• Imogen Cornick, studying Sports Science & Material Technology at Birmingham University.

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1 The applicant must be an HSBC Bank plc 1st year student customer
2 The application form can be found at
3. Photos of the 2008 HSBC Bursary Awards winners are available upon request

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