The University of York


In January 2021 we launched a new £1.2 million scholarship scheme with our partners, the University of York and Kaplan International Pathways.

University of York Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charlie Jeffery said:

“We know from experience that young people who may have suffered personal tragedy and other hardships early in life, often struggle to find their way into higher education, despite having the academic ability to study and learn to the highest level.

If we do not find ways to support them, some of our best and brightest minds, who will contribute great things to solving some of our biggest global challenges, will be missed.

We are excited to be working with the Ashinaga Association in the UK in identifying the next generation of leaders for Africa and the rest of the world.”

Linda Cowan, Managing Director of Kaplan International Pathways said:

“The Ashinaga Foundation’s values align with Kaplan’s mission to provide access to high-quality education for international students. We are thrilled that the University of York and Kaplan International Pathways can come together to support these scholars with fee waivers, to make real the desire for these students to fulfil their education potential.”

Heslington Hall at the University of York

Apply for the Scholarship

The Ashinaga Scholarships, which includes a full tuition fee waiver, will begin in the 2021/22 academic year and support up to six students per year to undertake undergraduate study at the University of York, and is the first programme of its kind for a UK university.

To be eligible for the scholarship you must first apply to the Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI).

Apply to the AAI


About the University of York

The University of York is a dynamic, research-intensive university and a member of the prestigious Russell Group. They work collaboratively in partnership with institutions across the world to develop life-saving discoveries and new technologies that tackle some of the most pressing global challenges. Their 30+ academic departments undertake groundbreaking research that underpins their inspiring teaching and challenges students to dream big, think critically, and change the world.

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About Kaplan International Pathways

Kaplan was founded in 1938 by educational pioneer Stanley Kaplan. Stanley initially wanted to go to medical school but was rejected because of ethnic quotas – a sad feature of education in that era. This discrimination left a lasting impression on him, and he eventually conceived a test that was fair in order to allow students to enrol based on merit alone. Today, Kaplan International Pathways guides more than 20,000 students to university each year.

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