Student Awards and support

The Foundation has paid grants totalling £271,000 to 438 students, supporting young people to achieve their potential through education and training.

The student award scheme is available to students attending our thirteen partner secondary schools in the county. This is an award for academic excellence open to students who are going on to university to study a range of academic subjects mainly drawn from the core subjects looked for by the Russell Group of universities.

Students who are in their final year in the sixth form are encouraged to apply for a Scholarship up to £1,000.

Luke Michaelides

Students have to be studying two or more subjects from the following list: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History, Geography, Economics, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian, Physical Education/Sports Science, Law, Psychology and BTEC P.E.  All students have to achieve A*- B across their three A level subjects.

In addition, each of the Foundation’s partner schools are invited to put forward up to six students for the Foundation’s Discretionary Award. This award is at the discretion of the Foundation’s seven partner schools and is available to students in full time education at the partner schools and who are aged 19 or under on 31 August at the beginning of their final year at school.

“The Connolly Foundation helped me to pursue and further develop my musical aspirations. I graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and can now call myself a professional musician”

Luke Michaelides

We are funding recently graduated students considering teaching as a career who are being employed by Redborne School in Ampthill for two terms to work in eight schools in Bedfordshire. They work with teachers to support students on an individual or small group basis particularly focusing on disadvantaged students and catch-up work.