THE FOUNDATION BURSARY
As a result of the success of the Chance of a Lifetime Appeal, work has commenced on establishing a Foundation Bursary Scheme, which will enable pupils from all walks of life in Guernsey who demonstrate the appropriate character and commitment to continue to be able to attend Elizabeth College.
Following the States reduction of College funding, September 2018 saw the last intake of Special Place Holders. Historically and importantly, this particular funding has enabled the College to maintain its island inclusivity. Boys from modest backgrounds have been able to access an Elizabeth College education and benefit from their own Chance of a Lifetime.
Including the tremendously generous Legacy left by Roger Perrot and donations received so far, the new Foundation Bursary Scheme will be able to offer free or subsidised places to boys or girls entering Year 7 or Year 12 (Lower Sixth) from September 2021. Five (or more) Foundation Bursary places will be available each year for Year 7 entry and three for entry to Year 12.
THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME
The Foundation’s initial goal was to establish an endowment fund which can support five pupils in each year with 25% to 100% fee support on a means tested basis.
This truly would be not only the Chance of a Lifetime, but also the chance of fundamentally changing a life. The Foundation’s ambition in the long term is to build on this fund, to increase the level of bursary support to a point where it can fully replace the historic Special Place Holder scheme.
The benefit of such a scheme is not only to the bursary recipients. Experience at independent schools in the UK is that bursary-assisted students are highly dedicated and make a disproportionately valuable contribution to the overall experience of their peers and school community.
The College Foundation has always been determined to continue this egalitarian approach and the establishment of the Elizabeth College Bursary Fund continues, therefore, the dual aim of this Chance of a Lifetime Appeal.
While the Appeal has raised a phenomenal sum towards the new Foundation Bursary Scheme, there is more work to be done to enable College to maintain its diversity of intake. Thank you to all those who have supported the College in the past.
We do ask you to do everything you can to assist us at this exciting and crucial moment in the future life of the College and its pupils.