Scholarships, Bursaries and Student Hardship

Scholarships, Bursaries and Student Hardship

The gift of opportunity

Making a gift to offer direct financial assistance to students – through scholarships, bursaries or our Student Hardship Fund – is one of the most effective and rewarding ways for you to help us widen access to our training, address inequalities within our sector and to nurture the next generation of creative and cultural leaders.



You can help us to provide support in the following ways:

  • Scholarships

    The richness and vibrancy of the performing arts is dependent on ensuring that exceptionally talented young people from diverse backgrounds have the opportunity to develop, express and contribute their creative voices. Scholarships enable us to offer places to the most promising young people we encounter and seek out, based on merit and regardless of any disadvantages they may face.

    Scholarship donors can choose to give to undergraduate or post-graduate students and whether they want to support a candidate from Wales, from the UK or internationally. Connections to particular areas of study can also be made.

    Donating a scholarship – annually or through an endowment gift – can be an immensely fulfilling way to support and follow the progress of a young artist and awards can be named for living donors or “in memoriam”.

    At present, we are particularly trying to secure new scholarships that help:

    • Students with protected characteristics with particular emphasis on race, gender and disability
    • Those studying bassoon, French horn, viola, double bass, and oboe
    • Students in financial need

    As part of our ambitious Promise campaign, we have pledged to double the number of scholarships we raise from individuals, businesses and trusts

    If you would like to discuss funding a scholarship, please contact: or

  • Bursaries

    As part of our determination to enable the widest possible access to our training, we have made a promise to provide an annual bursary of up to £1,200 for all new undergraduate students with household income of less than £30K per annum from the 2021/22 academic year. We anticipate that over 25% of new entrants every year will be eligible and we are therefore working hard to raise the £500,000 we will need to make it possible for us to give support to every student who needs it over the coming 5 years. Donations of any size – from businesses, trusts and individuals – as well as major endowment gifts, will be critical to our ability to fulfil our promise.

    For more information about contributing to our Bursary Fund, please contact:

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  • Student Hardship

    In response to the Covid Crisis in 2020, RWCMD launched a Special Appeal to raise urgently needed, additional contributions for our small Student Hardship Fund. We were overwhelmed with the generosity of our friends and supporters who enabled us to provide assistance swiftly to those students who were most vulnerable.

    It is clear that post Covid there will be long-term implications for many of our students who will continue to struggle and face particular financial and practical challenges.

    Please help us to continue to build up the Student Hardship Fund so that together we can ensure that emergency support is available to all current and future students when they need it most.

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All contributions to the Bursary Fund during the 2021-22 academic year will be matched by The Mosawi Foundation, doubling the value and impact of your gift.


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