STUDENTS in Kidderminster will benefit from financial bursaries over the next two years thanks to a charitable grant.

The National Express Foundation has awarded £20,000 to Birmingham Metropolitan College, the organisation which runs The Academy at Kidderminster.

Funds will be used to help students from Kidderminster, as well as others from campuses in Birmingham and the Black Country, with the costs of studying.

Andrew Cleaves, principal of Birmingham Metropolitan College, said: “I am delighted that we have been successful in our bid for the student bursaries programme.

“Any additional financial support for students while studying is a bonus and will help students to realise their goals, as well as assisting families who are endeavouring to support them.

“It is wonderful to see one of our major, local employers contributing assistance in this way and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with the foundation to deliver a successful programme.”

James Donnan, of the National Express Foundation, added: “The foundation seeks to help young people from challenging backgrounds to succeed in life.

“We know a modest amount of financial help can make a huge difference to bursary recipients, enabling them to progress their studies and further their ambitions.”

The National Express Foundation was set up in May, 2012 to help disadvantaged young people. It is providing £100,000 of grants this year to assist young people progress to higher education or enjoy new activities, equipment and training at community groups across the region.