The Open University

The Disabled Veterans' Scholarships Fund

The Open University's Disabled Veterans' Scholarships Fund - the first of its kind in the UK - ensures that, if disability or injury means veterans can no longer serve in the Armed Forces, they are empowered to rewrite their own futures through accessing the transformative power of higher education.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (SC038302)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Armed Forces/Emergency ServicesArmed Forces/Emergency Services
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  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
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United Kingdom

  • I would urge anyone considering applying for a scholarship to go for it - a focus on a positive goal can be very beneficial. The OU will not be the answer to everything, but it just might be a part of the answer.

    — Kate Moth, Current Scholarship Recipient

  • To have the ability to study is an intrinsic part of my recovery. It gives me a focus and a purpose each day and will lead me towards employment in my chosen field.

    — Current Scholarship Recipient


An estimated 24% of veterans suffer a disability limiting their physical activity compared to just 13% of the general population. Unlike colleagues who can plan for retirement, their unexpected discharge can leave many unprepared for life outside the military. Since 2017, we have helped address some of these problems by awarding 160 scholarships to disabled veterans. The Scholars have made great strides in their learning journey with us to create a brighter future for themselves.


Veterans are less likely to have a degree, with only 20% of the population having one compared to 30% of the general population. The Fund provides veterans with the opportunity to study for free, and to develop their skills, knowledge and experience in their chosen subject all whilst being offered specialist careers and disability support. The Fund currently supports disabled veterans with OU study, and with your help, will we be able to provide more veterans with the same opportunity.