Our SHSK Old Girls’ Grants offer financial support to members of our alumnae community, helping them achieve their academic or professional goals. Each grant carries a fixed value of £500. All members of our Old Girl community are welcome to apply.
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For Old Girls currently in higher education requiring support with travel or resources in connection with their studies or research
For Old Girls seeking support with an entrepreneurial/start-up project, especially initiatives with a social or environmental benefit
Retraining or upskilling
For Old Girls pursuing professional development/training due to a change in circumstances brought on by the economic consequences of the pandemic
Am I eligible to apply?
All members of the St Helen's Old Girls community can apply for a grant.
What is the deadline for applications?
The deadline for application is 30 April 2021.
Can I apply by post?
The quickest and easiest way to apply is online here, but we also welcome applications by post. Please email email@example.com for an application form.
When will I hear if my application has been successful?
Applications will be considered and decisions communicated during Trinity term 2021, usually in early June.
What information is required in support of my application?
Please see the information below, specific to each of the award categories.
Higher education academic study
Applicants will need to provide a breakdown of how the funds would be used; this might include the costs of travel or resources in support of academic research. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the educational benefits they and/or others will gain from being awarded a grant.
A supporting document from the department for the academic work being undertaken will need to be provided as part of the application process. Applicants should provide an outline of how the grant would be used.
Applicants will need to provide a detailed proposal, explaining the use of the grant and how this fits within a wider funding context (detailing any other sources of funding). Applications should explain how this project creates value (financial and/or social/and or cultural and/or environmental and/or educational) and how that value will be measured/recognised.
Entrepreneurial projects which have a clear social or environmental benefit will be prioritised.
Retraining or ‘upskilling’
Applicants must be able to demonstrate why they and their career would benefit from retraining or upskilling. This may be to maximise employability subsequent to the loss of employment or income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Applicants must give a detailed description of their proposed upskilling along with costs of courses or training activities.
Who assesses the applications?
Applications will be reviewed by an internal panel overseen by the Headmistress and the successful recipients will be informed by the Alumnae Services Manager, Faye Anderton.
All awards are at the discretion of the panel and the panel reserves the right not to make an award if no application is considered strong enough. More than one grant may be awarded in each category.
Would the School like to hear about how I use the grant if I am awarded one?
For each award type, the recipient will be expected to provide a report on how the funding has been used for the Governors and to provide an article for the annual Old Girls Magazine.
Can a grant be donated to charity?
The grants cannot be used as donations to other charities, however worthy the cause.
"I am incredibly grateful to have recevied an SHSK Society grant which enabled me to take our comedy show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival"
Becca Chadder, 2016 leaver
"The SHSK Society grant meant that I could complete my screen writing course at the National Film and Television School which will hopefully advance my career as a writer in the industry"
Tess Lonergan, 2012 leaver
"The SHSK Society grant enabled me to gain insights into subsistence farming in Malawi as part of my University of Bristol Global Health BSc course."
Rosie Bartholomew, 2013 leaver
"The SHSK Society Grant enabled me to spend two months living and working in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas on an internship with 'Grassroots' - a small NGO working to improve the livelihoods of communities throughout the hill states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh."
Florence Wiggins, 2017 leaver