The AVFC Citizenship and Scholarship Award aims to assist 28 young people from financially-challenged backgrounds attend the University of Birmingham over the next three years, in association with their existing ‘Access 2 Birmingham’ (A2B) scheme.
This scheme is the first of its kind and has come at an appropriate time with the students being among the first to experience£9,000-a-year tuition fees.
The scholars, all first generation university students, will be selected from a pool of over 450 students who will be involved in the Villa’s pioneering programme.
All of the scholars in the Citizenship and Scholarship programme will also participate in Villa community schemes in order to gain experience in the many areas that the club works in.
The main focus for their volunteer work is with young people through schemes such as Premier League 4 Sport, which encourages children into sport as part of the London 2012 legacy, and Villa Vitality, which promotes health and well-being through diet.
Alongside these projects there are other opportunities for the students to increase their employability and personal skills within the club and in the city.
Those who do not benefit from the scholarship aspect of the scheme will be offered citizenship opportunities through volunteering, with the aim to involve over 450 students in the next three years.