Scholarships to support Lambeth BME students from low income homes who gain a place at a Russell Group University
The generosity of a Lambeth resident resulted in the establishment of our Townsend Scholarship Programme. It supports Lambeth Black and Minority Ethnic pupils from low-income homes who gain a place at a Russell Group University. We make one scholarship each year worth £1,000 a term for three years (£9,000 in total).
To be eligible for a scholarship, students must:
- live in the London Borough of Lambeth (and have lived in the borough for at least one year)
- live in a low-income household (e.g. eligible for Free School Meals)
- be from a black or minority ethnic background
- have accepted an offer from a Russell Group University
Completed applications must reach us by 17 June 2022. A decision on the scholarship will be made by the Foundation’s Governors by 15 July 2022.
Any applicant not awarded a Townsend Scholarship will automatically be assessed for a Walcot Foundation student bursary, worth £1,500 per year, without having to make a further grant application.
The Townsend Scholarship decision will be made based on the following criteria:
- Clear fit between long term career goals and chosen course;
- Extent to which previous experience and achievements indicate an enthusiasm and passion for the course/career;
- Extent to which the Scholarship will have a significant impact in supporting the student in their chosen course;
- Good references.
Any decision will be conditional on the applicant successfully acquiring anticipated grades and starting at their planned Russell Group university course. Successful grantees will receive termly payments of £1,000 upon confirmation of attendance at university. Grantees will also be expected to complete a short report at the end of each academic year.
Below is some additional guidance for the key questions in the Townsend Scholarship form
Why are you applying for your chosen course?
Please explain why this course interests you. Are there subjects within the course that you are interested in focusing on? Also, if appropriate, please indicate any particular reasons on your choice of university.
What are your long-term career goals?
In this section, please give details about what job you would ultimately like to have. Please also sketch out what steps you think you will need to take to reach this career goal. It will also be important to highlight how your chosen university/course will assist you in this.
What relevant skills, experience or achievements have you gained from education, work (paid/voluntary) or other activities and how do you think these experiences will help you at university?
This section enables you to give details about experiences and achievements that highlight particular skills that will benefit you to make the most of your time at university. Examples are: volunteering at a local community project, position of responsibility in a sports team or after-school activity, school prize, part-time job etc. Please make the experiences and achievements as specific as possible and explain how these have helped you develop particular skills/attitudes.
How will the Townsend Scholarship enable you to make the most of your time at university?
Please give details of how the additional funds would help you at university. You can give information about how the Scholarship could be used towards such items as general living costs (e.g. rent, food), travel costs, IT equipment, specialist equipment/software, support with extra-curricular activities (e.g. sport, music) or opportunities during the holidays to gain experience that would benefit your course/career plans.
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