The Tareen Oxford Scholarship, which will offer means-tested support for Pakistani students with a preference for gifted students from South Punjab, was unveiled by the Oxford Pakistan Programme (OPP) on Tuesday.
According to a statement from the OPP, students have been offered admission to one of the graduate programs at Kellogg College at the University of Oxford that are qualified for the scholarship but lack the funds to accept the offer will be given the scholarship.
“Preference will be given to students for whom the scholarship will be a life-changing opportunity and who have the potential and commitment to contribute to the development of South Punjab,” the statement read.
“The scholarship will not only benefit the awardees but also create a positive spillover in terms of raising aspirations of similar talented scholars in the communities from which Tareen scholars will be drawn. It will also be a significant step towards creating a more diverse and inclusive academic community at Oxford,” the statement mentioned.
The Scholarship Program Sections
There will be two initiatives in the program:
- An access program for final-year students wishing to pursue graduate degrees will include an access conference for South Punjab final-year students wishing to pursue MSc and Ph.D. degrees overseas. The top 20 Access Conference registrants will receive complimentary one-on-one mentoring with an Oxford student or recent alumnus.
- 100 students from South Punjab who have either topped their FSc. boards or received the highest marks in their first year of university will be chosen as top FSc and first-year public sector university students. These students will receive one-on-one assistance. As well as, career coaching, and mentoring on how to make the most of their upcoming three to four years.
As part of the OPP’s graduate scholarship program, which awards at least three graduate scholarships each year to deserving Pakistani and British Pakistani students, the scholarship will help cover the student’s tuition fees and living expenses. The scholarship will be formed as a five-year scheme, with cash being contributed annually and awarded on a rolling basis. It was made possible thanks to Ali Tareen, an alumnus of Kellogg College, Oxford.
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