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York St John University

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Support our scholarships and community projects

Finances should not be a barrier to education. You can help students of all ages and backgrounds by donating towards an Alumni-funded scholarship.

In 2019, we introduced 6 new scholarships, 2 for mature students and 4 for young people who face real barriers to accessing education. These students might be young carers, estranged from their families or dealing with difficult personal circumstances.

“I travel home every Friday straight after my university classes to start looking after my 2 younger siblings, one of whom has severe learning disabilities and a genetic conditionHaving a scholarship means I am worrying less about money and can focus on my work.”

You can ensure these scholarships continue to be awarded to those who need them. We award scholarships of £1,000 a year throughout their undergraduate studies. These scholarships cost £18,000 per year for just 6 scholarships and in 2019 we received nearly 30 applications. We can only fund these with your help. 

Donate towards an Alumni-funded scholarship

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Make a donation

You can make a lasting difference to the lives of future students by leaving a gift in your will to York St John University.

At York St John, we’re passionate about giving students the support they need to thrive, no matter their background. By leaving us a gift in your will, you can help the nearly 60% of our students who come from underrepresented backgrounds access higher education.

No matter the size of your gift, we’ll use it to help our students thrive. Whether your gift funds a new building or supports students buy their reading lists, every York St John legacy is important to us.

Leaving a gift in your will is simple. All you need to know is our address, our charity number and what your legacy will entail.

Our address:

York St John University
Lord Mayors’ Walk
YO31 7EX

Our Exempt Charity Status number:
GB 4498 683

If you do choose to leave a gift in your will to York St John, please consider telling us about it by completing our pledge form.

Pledge form: Your York St John Legacy (docx, 63.4 kB)

We would love to thank you for your generosity, invite you to exclusive events, and keep you updated with what’s happening at York St John.

For a confidential chat about leaving a gift to York St John, please email

You can find out more about ways to donate on our ways to donate page.

You can make a donation to the university in three ways:

  • Online via JustGiving
  • By standing order
  • Through payroll giving

You can find out more about ways to donate on our ways to donate page.

Ways to donate

You can also make a donation towards a specific project or scholarship. For more information on how to donate to a specific cause, please email

Other ways to get involved


If you would like to volunteer on campus, give a guest lecture or contribute in another way, get in touch with us.

If you can offer internships, work experience or graduate employment to our students, we would love to hear from you. Talking to students about your career path is another valuable way to pass on your experience. Your insight can help students to choose courses, placements and volunteering opportunities and find their first graduate jobs.

Contact us about volunteering at

Corporate support

York St John University has exempt charitable status, which means that businesses benefit from offering us student placements or sponsored prizes.

Our Business development team can help your employees with career development courses. They can also strengthen your business development by offering your employees the opportunity to study degree apprenticeships.

Donate money at no cost to you

Would you like to donate money to our scholarship scheme, for free and at no expense to you?

We’ve partnered with Easy Fundraising, a platform that allows you to donate money to our scholarships fund at no cost to you.

All you have to do is create an account, choose us as your charity of choice, select a retailer, and complete your online shopping as normal. Once you’ve completed your shop at one of thousands of outlets, we’ll receive a small percentage of your total from the retailer. Your shopping won’t cost any more, and we never receive information about what you bought, or your card details.

Sign up for Easy Fundraising and support our students on the YSJ Alumni Fundraising page.

Learn more about our scholarships on our Alumni-funding scholarships page.


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