On Thursday 23 November, Lancing College announced a campaign to raise £3 million pounds towards bursaries for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The campaign “Lancing Foundationers, bursaries that change lives” aims to support 25 students to be funded through the programme over the next five years. The campaign was launched to an audience of OLs, donors and parents at the Foundling Museum in London which itself celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives. Joining the event were five former bursary pupils who are ambassadors of the new programme, they were able to talk to guests about their own experiences, their time at Lancing and what they are doing now. Commenting on the campaign Joshua said “The bursary for me was never just about charity but being able to participate in a completely unique and enriching experience. Lancing nurtured me so that I could make the best decisions for my future”.
Lancing has a long history of providing bursaries to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who would not otherwise have a chance to receive the kind of education that Lancing offers. In some independent research carried out last year with OLs and parents transformative bursaries were identified as a key area for support. The new campaign demonstrates this strong desire to ensure that the benefits of a Lancing education are made more widely available.
Pupils will come from a wide variety of schools, both local and national and pupils will join in the Third Form and also the Sixth Form; they will be part of the wider Lancing community.
Commenting on the new campaign Dominic Oliver said “One of our strongest beliefs is that the young people in our care must go out into the world not just to be successful members of society, but to change society for the better. Through this campaign we have the unique and galvanising chance to enable this change to take place. This is an ambitious campaign and we are extremely grateful to those many donors who have stepped forward to be part of this in its early stages; there are already pupils at Lancing who are benefiting from their generosity.”
Up to five students will be selected each year, they will need to show the potential to access Lancing’s high academic standards, the individual potential and the motivation to seize the opportunity that these awards afford. The programme aims to attract students who stand out as being able to gain most from, and contribute most to a Lancing education. Some will come from challenging family backgrounds, others from failing schools, and may live in areas where life chances are limited.
More information: Lancing Foundationers Campaign website