By Chung Hyun-chae The Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK), an educational charity owned by 11 British universities including the University of Bradford and Sheffield Hallam University, launched a scholarship program to commemorate its 25th anniversary this year About $1.6 million will be awarded through the program, which will benefit the top performers in a one-year pre-university course for international high school graduates who wish to attend British universities.

“We are delighted to open up exciting opportunities to young people who are just starting out on their career paths,” Ken Gil, CEO of the NCUK, said Tuesday at a press conference at the British Council in Korea in Jongno, Seoul. “This scholarship scheme is the start of a major new initiative by our UK universities and our partner, IEN, to invest in the next generation of young people who are starting out in their own pursuit of success,” the CEO added.

The NCUK has offered its International Foundation Year since 2009, and IEN is the charity’s exclusive Korean partner Through this scholarship program, 57 students will be awarded 5,000 pounds per year during each year of a three-year undergraduate degree program The five highest achievers will then get an additional 2,000 pounds per year The NCUK said it would make a similar announcement in two more countries next month, and predicted that it would receive about 1,000 applications from all three countries. “We will see if the scholarship program is successful and then decide whether to extend it,” said the NCUK’s marketing director Piera Gerrard

SOURCE: THE KOREA TIMES