The AVSH Scholarship

Kingston graduate Gurman Hundal is offering a scholarship for a student studying either Business Management BSc (Hons) or International Business BSc (Hons), including covering tuition fees for a placement year.

Gurman set up the AVSH Scholarship – named after his sons – to promote equal access to University for those from a care experienced, estranged, or young carer background. The scholarship is for:

  • Four years' tuition fees for a home student (including a placement/'sandwich' year)
  • Bursary support of £5,000 per year of study which can be used towards living expenses

The successful scholar will be supported by Kingston University's placement team to help them find a placement. If you have any questions about the placement year, email Paula Neal.

About Gurman Hundal

After graduating from Kingston University in 2005 with a BA in Business Studies, Gurman began his career at the pan European ad network Adlink Internet Media, where he had completed a placement as part of his degree.

There, he launched the company's performance division just six months after joining the organization, and honed his expertise in ad tech, analysis, and optimization. Gurman subsequently led the establishment of online ad network A&NY Media for publisher group Associated Northcliffe Media.

Seeing both opportunity and demand for more transparent models in real-time advertising, Gurman co-founded MiQ in 2010. Under his leadership as CEO, MiQ has maintained a 95% employee retention rate, more than twice the industry average.

In 2017, Gurman was named the winner of a Gold Stevie Award in the Executive of the Year in the Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations category at the 15th Annual American Business Awards. Gurman speaks regularly with Kingston students on the benefits of studying a placement year and is a passionate advocate for improving social mobility and access to education.

About Gurman Hundal

Eligibility

To be considered, you must:

Priority will be given to applicants who meet the criteria of our KUCares programme:

  • You are under the age of 25 and have spent any amount of time in local authority care (such as foster care, or residential children's homes). View more about Kingston University's support for Care Leavers and Care experienced students.
  • You are under the age of 25 and are estranged from your family. This means you have experienced a permanent breakdown in the relationship with your parents, for a significant period of time (this would usually be for a minimum of 12 months). This definition includes students who may have been living in foyer or hostel accommodation, have been disowned, or if both parents are deceased. Find out more about support for estranged students.
  • You are aged 25 and under and have significant unpaid caring responsibilities for a family member or close friend who has a long-term or terminal illness, disability, mental health condition, is elderly or frail, or who struggles with addiction or substance misuse. View more about Kingston University's support for Young Adult Carers.

However, we also encourage applications from those who meet the following backgrounds under-represented in Higher Education:

  • You are the first generation in your family to progress to higher education (i.e. your parents have not been to university; if a brother or sister has, you are still eligible)
  • You are a mature student (aged 21 or over on 1 September before you start your course) who does not currently hold a bachelors degree.
  • Your family household income is less than £25,000 per year
  • You identify as being disabled or have a specific learning difference
  • You are entering Higher Education with a BTEC as your main qualification.

How to apply

Further information

Alternative scholarships are available for UK students and international students.

Other financial support is also available for postgraduate students.

Please note, Kingston University reserves the right to withdraw or amend a scholarship without prior notification. Scholarships are offered subject to funding and availability.

If you have any questions about the application and selection procedure, please contact us at development@kingston.ac.uk.

Contact us

If you have any queries regarding the AVSH Scholarship, please email development@kingston.ac.uk.