The Beacon Scholarship for University
The vision for the Beacon Scholarship for University is to provide access to top international universities for talented Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan students who in the future would have the confidence and ability to become leaders in their chosen fields.
To implement this vision The Beacon Equity Trust has built key Partnerships to offer undergraduate education at some of the top universities in the UK. Up to five new scholarships are available each year to talented and highly motivated students, one to each partner university.
The Beacon Scholarship for University is aimed at high calibre university age students who will appreciate and optimise the opportunity being offered by this high grade education. In order to benefit from such an education, students with leadership potential must already show some key traits:
- strong intellect
- willingness to compete
- ethical conviction and courage
- understanding of when to take calculated risks
- ability to influence others
- confidence among international peers
- sense of community
- moral duty, ie be prepared to help others and empathise with those less fortunate than themselves
All applicants for a Beacon Scholarship for University will be tested to ensure they have the potential to become future leaders. They will be asked to show evidence of the leadership traits above, and in order for the scholarship to be renewed each year they will be required to perform to a high level throughout their university degree.
The Beacon Equity Trust has built key Partnerships to offer The Beacon Scholarship at five world-class universities. Students should be clear on the course of study they wish to pursue before they apply, and can apply to any partner university where the course of study they have chosen is available.
All partner universities offer 3-4 year undergraduate degrees. You must be clear about how to select a course of study.
Key questions to ask in selecting a course/university:
- What are you good at? Similar to picking A-level subjects from your GCSEs; you probably chose at least 2-3 of them based on what you’re getting the best grades in – which can often be a sign of ‘enjoyment’ in itself. Having studied a subject at A-level do you want to get into it in more depth?
- What are your interests? For many, university may present the first opportunity to learn about something they’re truly interested in, which wasn’t available to study at A-level. If you’re studying a subject for 3+ years there has to be some interest in it otherwise it will become a bad experience. Ideally, you will try and find something that a) you’re good at, and b) you’re interested in.
- What are your long term career plans? You may still have no idea what you want to do when you graduate. Regardless, it’s never too early to think about your future, particularly if you want to join a specialised occupation which will have its own requirements, rather than just a generalised career such as ‘business’.
- Have you done all your research? The main reason why students leave university early is because they chose the wrong course. It is crucial to do good research and decide carefully (click here for a starting point).
- Do you understand the course structure? Get a feel for the course, and compare differences in modules. An example of this would be Business degrees. What’s the difference between Management & Strategy and just Business Management? What are the compulsory modules? How much choice do I have? Are there any subjects that I want to avoid at all costs which are ‘hidden’ within the degree, eg maths?
- Do you understand the subject requirements? By understanding specific UCAS tariff points and grade requirements for courses you can make more tactically informed decisions.
- Does the course offer a placement year/integrated learning? Is there an option to gain work experience as part of the degree? Can I learn a language as part of my degree? A number of degrees these days offer two variations of a single course: one which is three years, and one which is four with ‘integrated industrial training’ otherwise known as a placement or sandwich year.
- How is the course graded? An increasing percentage of students are looking at their prospects for getting a first or a 2:1 (click here for UK degree classifications). Some people for example would rather get a first from a ‘lesser’ university, than a 2:1 from a ‘better’ university, and vice versa.
New Scholar Eligibility
Up to five new Beacon Scholarships for University will be awarded each academic year, one to each partner university. The Beacon Scholarship for University is made possible through key Partnerships.
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:
(a) 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.
(b) 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.
(c) 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.
(d) 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.
PLEASE NOTE: KEY DATES for Nominations. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, no advantage will be gainedfor early submission. Nominations and Applications received after the Closing Date will be considered for the next academic year.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR 2018.
Beacon Partnerships for University
The Beacon Equity Trust has built partnerships to offer up to five new annual undergraduate scholarships through each of the following:
The Beacon Scholarship at Cambridge – offered with the Cambridge Trust
The Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust supports students on degree courses at The University of Cambridge. Working with partners worldwide, the Trust provides funding to students of outstanding academic merit under a variety of scholarship schemes. The University of Cambridge, founded in 1209, is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 universities in the world. It offers a wide range of undergraduate courses, exceptional facilities, highly interactive seminars, and ‘supervisions’, i.e. one-to-one or small group teaching sessions every week.
Click here for a list of undergraduate courses at The University of Cambridge
The Beacon Scholarship at LSE – offered with the London School of Economics
LSE was founded in 1895 by four leading members of the Fabian Society – Beatrice and Sidney Webb, Graham Wallas and George Bernard Shaw. The School’s aim was the betterment of society, and in 1922 it adopted as its motto rerume cognoscere causas – to know the causes of things. Today it is one of the foremost social science universities in the world, with teaching and research spanning the full breadth of social sciences, from economics and politics to anthropology and geography. Situated in the heart of central London, LSE is famed for its cosmopolitan student body, drawing its students from over 145 countries worldwide.
Click here for a list of undergraduate courses at The London School of Economics
The Beacon Scholarship at the University of Bristol – offered with the University of Bristol
The University of Bristol, a member of the Russell Group, ranks in the top 40 institutions globally due to its outstanding teaching and research, superb facilities and highly talented students and staff. The University is located in the heart of the city, a leading centre for business, culture and education, with industry strength in engineering, aerospace, finance and media.
The University offers a wide range of programmes at undergraduate level within our six academic faculties. Our programmes allow students to engage in a broad learning experience with opportunities to explore innovation and enterprise, sustainable futures and global citizenship.
The Beacon Scholarship at Cardiff University – offered with Cardiff University
Cardiff University is a top 5 UK university for research excellence and impact recognised in the most recent independent government assessments. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. From its outstanding central location amidst the parks, Portland-stone buildings that form the city’s elegant civic centre, the University’s students and staff are drawn from over 120 countries, attracted by its international reputation and commitment to innovation and excellence. Cardiff is ranked in the top 140 institutions in the world and is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.
The University offers a wide range of courses at undergraduate level across 27 Academic Schools. The University also runs a number of Foundation Programmes.
Click here for a list of undergraduate courses at Cardiff University
The Beacon Scholarship at the University of Surrey – offered with the University of Surrey
The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s top scientific and technological universities and has established itself as a top-ten university in major national university league table rankings. The university has three faculties, with a total of 22 different Schools and Departments, offering a wide variety of undergraduate degree programmes. Our beautiful campus offers students the best of both worlds: our safe, self-contained student community is just ten minutes’ walk from Guildford town centre and 34 minutes by train from London. In 2016 Surrey was named as the Times and Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’ and was ranked 5th in The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017. The University of Surrey is also one of the most culturally-diverse universities in the UK, with students from over 120 different countries, making up 37% of the student body.
Click here for a list of undergraduate courses at the University of Surrey
Register to download a Nomination Form