YOUNG people will get a helping hand as they aim to get to university.
Pupils from Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School and Todmorden High will join a total of 200 teenagers on the Reach for Excellence Programme.
Held at the University of Leeds, the scheme aims to assist young people in their studies and aiming for a place at university.
It began today with an entensive day of presentations and activities setting them up for an 18-month plan for learning.
This summer they will attend a five-day residential in a Leeds hall of residence, with a mixture of academic and social activities,designed to give them an early taste of campus life.
The Liz and Terry Bramall Charitable Trust has agreed to fund Reach for Excellence for five years.
It will also provide 20 scholarships each year for young people who progress through the scheme to win a place at the University of Leeds – helping to relieve the pressure of debt during their studies.