To give an extra helping hand with the associated costs of work-based training or education, eligible Oddfellows members can apply to be considered for an Educational Award. The non-repayable bursaries can go towards anything from text books and vital equipment to helping out with rent, bills and other practical considerations.

Help for first degree students
Each year, nationally the Oddfellows grants up to three First Degree Course Educational Awards consisting of £900 per year for the duration of a student’s first degree programme.*

Help for apprentices
Each year, nationally the Oddfellows grants up to three Apprenticeship Educational Awards consisting of £250 per year for the duration (maximum three years) of an apprentice’s apprenticeship.* The Apprenticeship category was introduced to the Educational Awards scheme in spring 2017.

How to apply

If you’re a member and eligible, your first step is to contact your Branch Secretary for an application form. You can search for their details using our Branch Finder.

Eligible candidates must have five years of continuous Oddfellows membership (Young Oddfellows membership is taken into account) and must be starting their first degree or first apprenticeship. Each case is then reviewed on personal merit.

First Degree Course Educational Award
To apply for a First Degree Course Educational Award, members are invited to apply via their Branches around April, with judging taking place in September. The Branch’s deadline for submitting applications for consideration is 31 August each year.

Apprenticeship Educational Award
To apply for a 2020 Apprenticeship Award, members are invited to apply via their Branches around September 2020. The Branch’s deadline for submitting applications for consideration is 31 December 2020. Judging will take place in February 2021.

For the 2021 Apprenticeship Awards, eligible members are invited to apply via their Branches around September 2021. The Branch’s deadline for submitting applications for consideration is 31 December 2021. Judging will take place in February 2022.

First Degree Course winners

2019

Congratulations to Francesca, Samuel and Lisa, our 2019 First Degree Course Educational Award winners!

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Apprenticeship Award winner

2019

James was singled out to receive the Apprenticeship Educational Award for 2019, as he begins his training with Western Power Distribution.

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This grant is a huge help towards textbooks I’ll need for class, and the competition costs involved in swimming for my University squad.

Samuel Blacker Member from Wiltshire, reading Physics at Birmingham University.

Not yet an Oddfellows member? Financial help is just one of the many benefits of Oddfellows membership. Discover other ways in which we can help you get even more out of life.

*Terms and conditions apply to all financial benefits. All Oddfellows benefits are non-contractual and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Read the full list of member benefit terms and conditions.