For many years the Trust has provided annual bursaries to pupils from our four supported schools for university entry. These schools include Robert Clack School in Dagenham; St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School in Southwark; Archbishop Tenison’s School in Oval and Central Foundation Girls’ School in Bow. Our bursary programme has also supported the Guildhall School of Music and the Central School of Ballet. Each of these bursaries provide £2,100 per annum.
The recently launched Chartered Surveyors’ Bursaries is an exciting new programme of real estate bursaries to help talented students from less advantaged and non-traditional backgrounds to enter the property industry. Students who are awarded the Bursary will each be supported by a property industry ‘Champion’, who will pay £10,000-a-year for three years to cover a student’s university living expenses. Additionally, they will offer them ongoing mentoring throughout their degree and as they enter the workplace.
The first four Champions to commit to funding Bursaries are international real estate consultancy Hollis, pan-European investor and asset manager M7 Real Estate, property developer Dunmore and Bridges Fund Management. The WCCS trialled the scheme last year, committing £150,000 to fund five students through their degrees. The students, some of whom were the first in their family to attend university, commenced their studies in October 2020 at universities including Nottingham Trent, Sheffield Hallam, Cambridge University, the University of Manchester and the University of Reading. For the press release please click here, for the full explanatory brochure please click here.