A scholarship scheme launched today will give 30 bright students money to pay their way through university.
The Reuben Foundation will pay more than £780,000 to help teenagers from poor backgrounds study for degrees.
The foundation, which makes charitable donations on behalf of philanthropist brothers David and Simon Reuben, will pay for 15 scholars to go to University College London, and 15 to go to Oxford. The students in London will each receive £10,000 a year, while those going to Oxford will get £7,500, which they can put towards tuition fees or living costs.
Lisa Reuben of the Foundation said: “When the cost of attending university is rising, we hope this programme will inspire those who thought it was closed to them.”