The Education Opportunity Trust

WSC Education Opportunity Trust is an independent registered charity and not part of, or managed by, West Suffolk College. The Trust offers financial grants to students and former students who are studying, or have studied, at West Suffolk College and/or at the Bury St Edmunds Campus of the University of Suffolk to assist such persons to enhance their educational experience and its application to the outside world. The Trust hopes these grants will both enhance their education and help recipients to maximise the contribution they may make to society throughout their lives.


Other than in the most exceptional cases, grants will not be made to cover tuition fees; day to day maintenance; costs incurred in meeting course requirements such as materials, equipment or travel and accommodation; nor in cases where funds can be accessed from other sources such as maintenance grants, access funds or state benefits. Subject to that, the usual criteria for gaining support from the Trust will be whether the applicant will gain educational benefit in the widest sense by for example pursuing an extra-curricular project. The Trustees also expect applicants to demonstrate how, if a grant is made to them, they will share their experiences of ways in which the grant benefitted them with the wider College and University community.


If an applicant is under 18 when making an application we ask that the application is counter signed by a parent or guardian to acknowledge his/her consent to the making of the application and approval of the proposed project. The decision of the Trustees when determining an application is final and binding and should the application be unsuccessful no correspondence or discussion will be entered into to clarify or otherwise explain that decision.


The Trust is entirely dependent upon donations and if you would like to make a donation please click here. Please send completed donation forms with a cheque (made payable to “WSC Education Opportunity Trust”) and application forms to Pam Ewan, Executive Officer at Home Farm, Stowmarket Road, Wetherden, Suffolk IP14 3JP. Alternatively email application forms to Pam Ewan.


Case Study: Daniel Howe

Daniel Howe completed a Foundation Course in Art and Design in 2016. He was supported by WSC Education Opportunity Trust in organising an art exhibition in Bury St Edmunds to display his own work and that of his student peers.

Daniel said: "The Trust's generous funding allowed me and the organising team to create a week-long event that enthused a whole group of new artists to create serious work for public exhibition. As the organiser, I have personally benefited from the organisational and leadership skills that developed further throughout the process that I will be able to take with me wherever I go throughout my student and adult life."

Daniel is progressing to study BA (Hons) Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art (University of Edinburgh) in September 2016.