London School of Economics (LSE) is pleased to announce one new scholarship for the next three academic sessions in partnership with The Beacon Equity Trust. The Beacon Scholarship provides access to the highest quality education for especially gifted Kenyan children, who in the future will have the confidence and ability to become leaders in their chosen fields in their own country.
Application Deadline: February 28, 2018
Eligibility for the LSE Beacon Scholarship
- Candidates must be citizens of Tanzania, Kenya or Uganda
- To begin the process of application, a candidate must first register and download a Nomination Form which must be completed by the Head of their current secondary school.
- The Nomination Form requires an endorsement that the candidate has strong academic and leadership potential, and the capability for successful completion of an undergraduate programme of study at a world-class university.
- Once the candidate has an offer for entry into a Beacon Partner University, they will be required to complete a full Beacon Scholarship Application Form and Financial Disclosure which will be sent to them.
Applications are then evaluated by the Beacon Equity Trust for evidence of leadership potential using the following criteria:
- Academic Performance
Grade requirements for entry into Beacon Partner Universities are high. Grade requirements vary by course, and a successful university entry is contingent on obtaining the required grades in the university offer.
- Achievement in Sport, Music or Drama
An applicant must have been more than just an active participant in sport, music or drama, and will need to provide evidence of some formal level of proficiency or accreditation.
- Social Influence and Communication
The applicant must have held a position of responsibility in their school, or failing that provide some evidence of confidence amongst peers. They will be expected to undergo an interview which will give an indication of their aptitude and personality traits, and to participate in practical assessment exercises to establish their ability to form and develop relationships among peers.
An applicant must be shown to have helped those less fortunate than themselves, or have done work in the community. Unselfishness, kindness and concern for others are key criteria for the Beacon Scholarship and Scholars will be required to show continuing evidence of their efforts in these areas.
- Other Factors
In addition to the above, other factors to be taken into account include:
- Ability to study independently overseas (which necessarily involves consideration of the applicant’s competence in English);
- Financial need as evidenced in the Financial Disclosure;
- The likely contribution of the candidate to other areas of university life;
- Age – to be considered for the Beacon Scholarship candidates must be between the age of 18-21;
- The applicant must be a Kenyan, Tanzanian or Ugandan national;
- The likelihood of the candidate’s return to their home country following the completion of their degree course. As part of the application candidates will be required to sign a declaration that they will return to their home country within one month of completion of their degree.
Applicants will also need to demonstrate, with examples, that they are a ‘change-maker’:
(a) They have the capacity to ‘take people with them’ and
(b) They are already making a difference now.
Scholarship Benefit: The scholarship amounts to a total of £20,000 per academic year.