Posted on July 11th 2018
City Livery Company Supports Three Sixth Formers
Three sixth formers at Harris Garrard Academy have been awarded £3,000 each towards their university living expenses by the Charitable Trust of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, one of the City of London’s 110 livery companies.
The Company has a strong relationship with the academy going back well over a decade and each year selects students to receive extra financial support towards their higher education.
To apply for the Endeavour Award, which is worth £1,000 a year for the first three years of study, students had to write a personal statement about their ambitions and how they would use the money. Five shortlisted candidates were then interviewed by a trustee from the Worshipful Company and Mr Smith, Head of Academy, and selected for their "aspiration, fortitude and determination to succeed".
“The City of London livery companies champion education and young people through their charitable trusts,” said Roy Penrose, a trustee of the Worshipful Company. “In the early days of the Company we were introduced to what is now Harris Garrard Academy. We are delighted with our association and will continue our commitment to help students in their aspirations.”
Alex, one of the three chosen students, says he plans to use the money to buy text books and also possibly put towards a Master course after his degree. “I was planning to work to earn money throughout university so this will help me focus more on my degree,” says Alex, who starts a Business Management and Economics course at Queen Mary University in the autumn.
“At our age money is a big problem. You can’t always rely on your parents, so having this support will reduce stress and help us fund university by, for example, buying a laptop or text books because they are expensive.”
Alex says he really got interested in business in Year 9 and plans to work in property investment or stockbroking. “In Year 9, I started reading biographies about people who had been successful in business and I’ve done work experience with a property investment company and stockbroker too.”
The Worshipful Company has been supporting the academy since 2002, including funding and organising our annual Whittington Course.