The Living The Dream Scholarship now offers the chance for students to have their accommodation fees funded by other students from all over the world.
The pioneering scholarship programme, run by Uniplaces, claims to be the first crowdfunding campaign that directly supports student mobility. Co-founder Ben Grech said the scheme demonstrates the organization's commitment to 'breaking down social and geographical barriers for students... For us it's not just a scholarship, it's a movement to help empower students to follow their dreams, while inspiring a culture of kindness across the globe.'
The scholarship is built on the Social Growth Model, meaning that it grows as Uniplaces grows. With every booking made through the Uniplaces website, £1 will be placed in the fund, so that the scholarships can be awarded to more new applicants each year. To be eligible for the funding, students have to submit videos of themselves performing 'random acts of kindness', from topping up a housemate's travel card to arranging a university furniture swap.
A pilot scheme is currently underway, in which 5 students (including one from the UK) will have their accommodation for the remainder of the current university term paid for through the scheme. Applications for the next round are already open, and close on 10 April.