Alton College Foundation Scholarships for Excellence

The Alton College Foundation held its 15th Scholarships for Excellence presentation evening in the Wessex Arts Centre recently. The Foundation supports students with Scholarships for Excellence and also offers a Development Fund, which provides grants to students and donations to the College.

Trevor Heley, Managing Director of the Foundation, welcomed students, parents, sponsors, College staff, Governors and the Foundation Directors to celebrate the achievement of the successful scholars. He congratulated the new scholars who between them bring the total number of Alton College students awarded scholarships, since the scheme began in 2002, to 273.  Mr Heley thanked past and present sponsors and donors for their generosity; since its inception, the Foundation had raised over £500,000.   He also thanked College staff for their valuable support for the scheme and paid tribute to the incredibly high calibre of applications this year and the subsequent outstanding quality of the winning students.  

Current recipient of The Richard Frankel Memorial Scholarship for Medicine, Gabby Kelly, previously at The Petersfield School, explained how the scholarship had helped her over the past year and her aspirations to study medicine in the future.

Scholarships were presented as follows:

  • The Alton College Foundation Alumni Scholarship for Science - Thomas Bradford, previously at Bedales School, presented by Nicholas Branch, Chairman of Alton College Foundation
  • The ABF Charitable Trust Scholarships for Excellence in Creative Media - Scott Highmoor, previously at Robert May’s School and David Hall, previously at Amery Hill School presented by ABF Trustee, Louise Parker, Trustee of the ABF Charitable Trust.  
  • The Alton Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) Scholarship for Excellence in Business - Grace Honnor, previously at Perins School, presented by ACCI Committee Member, David Woodroofe
  • The Alton Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) Scholarships for Excellence in Art were presented to Jess Evans, previously at The Petersfield School, Daisy Clarke, previously at Eggar’s School and Vicki Hill, previously at St Nicholas’ School presented by Niven Baird, Chairman of the Society.  
  • The Alton Lions Scholarship for Excellence in Sport - Danielle Gregory, previously at Weydon School presented by Mike Baker a member of Alton Lions and also a Director of the Alton College Foundation
  • The Dischma Trust Scholarships for Excellence were presented by Trevor Heley, Managing Director of the Foundation to Jay Haigh, previously at Robert May’s School (English), Sophie Davis, previously at Ditcham Park School (Geography), Rhianna Smith, previously at Amery Hill School (Performing Arts) and Elise Costain, previously at The Petersfield School (Art).
  • The Craven Brothers Scholarships for Excellence in Engineering - Sam Adams, previously at Bohunt School and Hamish de Watteville, previously at Lord Wandsworth College presented on behalf of the Ellis Campbell Foundation by Steve MacCormack, former Vice Principal of Alton College
  • The Scholarship for Excellence in Science - Gregory Andrews, previously at The Petersfield School presented by Steve MacCormack, former Vice Principal of Alton College, on behalf of the Ellis Campbell Foundation
  • The Richard Frankel Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Medicine - Andrew Morrish, previously at Amery Hill School presented by Merula Frankel, the sponsor of the scholarship and also a Director of the Alton College Foundation
  • The Excellence in Geography Scholarship - Holly MacDonald, previously at The Petersfield School presented by Peter Gaffney the sponsor of the scholarship
  • The Scholarships for Excellence in Music - Martha Sage, previously home-schooled and Honor Ramsdale, previously at Weydon School presented by George Heller, sponsor of the scholarships.
  • The Rotary Club of Alton Scholarship for Mathematics - Roman Shkunov, previously at Eggar’s School presented by branch President Keith Arrowsmith-Oliver
  • The Alistair Graham Scholarship for Excellence in Modern Foreign Languages - Anna Vines, previously at Amery Hill School presented by Sir James Scott, sponsor of the scholarship.

The evening was brought to a close by Sara Russell, Principal of Alton College. She thanked the Foundation sponsors and donors on behalf of the College and also College staff for their support in the selection process. Ms Russell praised the outstanding quality of all the applicants and congratulated those receiving scholarships and urged them to seize this opportunity to enrich and enhance their learning opportunities.

Alton College recognize that all students are individuals and that high achieving students such as the scholarship recipients often need specialist support to help them meet their full potential. We run a More Able and Talented programme including the Extended Project Qualification and Applying to Competitive Courses programme giving students assistance with application to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. More information can be found here