IntoUniversity: Path to a better future
Young people with diverse backgrounds often lack knowledge about opportunities – and confidence, too. Even if they are top achievers in school, many are unsure about pursing a university degree. IntoUniversity caters to those students.
In 2007, Deutsche Bank approached the education charity IntoUniversity to explore how some of the bank’s recent graduate recruits could offer support to disadvantaged young people seeking to study at British universities, including top institutions such as the University of Cambridge.
The result is an innovative mentoring scheme to support school students in their final year of study to ensure they realize their ambitions. It is one of the largest educational initiatives available to British students nationwide, with more than 2,700 students benefitting from the program in 23 locations.
Together with Deutsche Bank, IntoUniversity offers young people practical assistance, coupled with emotional support, to foster self-esteem. The program includes a weekend visit to a university and the opportunity to stay in college accommodations, as well as focus days, focus weeks and focus weekends. Students have monthly meetings with their corporate mentors who support their academic studies and prepare them for university life, including student finances and the practicalities of independent living.
In 2012, a commendable 87 percent of the students participating in the IntoUniversity corporate mentoring scheme were admitted to a university. In fact, eight students from some of London’s toughest neighborhoods are now studying at Cambridge with the support of Deutsche Bank mentors.
IntoUniversity is one of many educational programs that Deutsche Bank supports to help talented and motivated young people from disadvantaged backgrounds receive an education and achieve their full potential.
“A place at a top university can transform a young person’s fortunes. This scheme shows the impact that can be achieved through partnerships between charities and corporations.”