The scholarships are aimed at students who have a place at either the City, University of London or University College London.
Applications are warmly invited for the Sekforde House Trust scholarships for the academic year September 2022 to June 2023.
Six £18,000 scholarships are available and it is hoped that four of the six scholars will be offered rent free (all bills paid) accommodation in Clerkenwell Central London in a shared “scholars house”.
The purpose of the scholarships is to invest in the education and future of exceptional students in the hope and expectation that there will be a return to society. Scholars will be ambitious men and women who want to live extraordinary lives and make a difference to the (unfair and unsustainable) world in which we live. Scholars are not charitable objects. The trustees are proud of all the students in whom we are investing the Trust’s money.
Students applying will be assessed against the following criteria:
- Outstanding academic of other ability.
- Financial need.
- A desire and ability to make the world fairer and more sustainable.
Overseas students are most welcome to apply but will ordinarily be required to attend interview in London, if selected for interview. The Trust will consider paying the cost of attending for interview and can provide overnight accommodation. The scholarships are available for existing students at all levels as well as students who have places to study at either the City, University of London or University College London.
How to Apply
The application should usually be sent by ordinary post to 34 Sekforde Street London EC1 R0HA or hand delivered. Applications can be accepted by email and should be sent to David Lonsdale at email@example.com. The application should include the following documents:
- A personal statement of no more than 700 words. The statement should demonstrate how the Applicant meets one or more of the criteria and provide a real insight into the person making the application.
- A curriculum vitae on one A4 page. Ideally, the CV should have attached a passport sized photograph.
- A closed personal reference (no more than 500 words). This means that the reference should not be seen by the applicant. It should be sent in a sealed envelope and provided by a person who knows the applicant well focusing on character potential and commitment.
- 4. A closed academic reference (no more than 500 words). This means the reference should not be seen by the applicant. It should be sent in a sealed envelope. The referee should critically assess the applicant both in terms of academic achievement and potential. Academic referees of candidates who may be selected for interview should be prepared to be contacted by telephone or email for further information.
- Although not required, Applicants may send an example of their work or provide details of anything published on the internet which may be relevant to the application.
Sunday 26th June 2022 at 11.59 pm
Approximately 12 to 15 candidates will be selected for interview and contacted by telephone.
Please note: The interviews will take place on Sunday 12th July 2022 or Sunday 19th July 2022.
About the Sekforde House Trust
The Sekforde House Trust (“the Trust”) was founded in memory of Professor Dame Kathleen Lonsdale FRS, the first woman to obtain a professorship in 1949. She received a scholarship at the age of 16 to study at University in London without which she would have been unable to pursue her career as a scientist and her life as a campaigner for peace and (following her own prison sentence served at Holloway) prison reform.
The purpose of the Trust is to promote education. The Trust is funded in the main by the profits made by the Sekforde public house on Sekforde Street. The trustees are David Lonsdale (chairman) and Mihail Kostov both of 34 Sekforde Street, London. The Trust has been offering scholarships since 2017 and already Sekforde scholars have made a huge impact on society.
The Trust is a registered charity and must demonstrate its expenditure is for the purpose of advancing education. The Trust cannot and does not monitor how the scholars spend their money. It relies upon them and trusts them to use the scholarships sensibly to further their education. It does require the scholars to report back on their progress at least twice in the academic year. It is hoped that the scholars will remain in touch with the Trust as they pursue their goals in life, but this is only a hope and not an expectation or requirement.