Vincent’s Club Scholarships and Bursaries
In 2012 Vincent’s Appeal Trust Company (VATC – the Club’s corporate trustee) and the President and Committee of the Club agreed a strategy for the future of the Club. One of the three pillars of that strategy was that Vincent’s would play an enhanced role in support of Oxford Sport, from which the Club derives its inspiration. As part of the V150 Project to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Club, a Vincent’s Sports Development Fund (SDF) was created to fund awards for outstanding scholar athletes who also displayed leadership qualities and a willingness to participate in outreach activities. Evidence of financial need is also an important criterion of selection. Details can be found in the application material.
The generosity of alumni members and friends made it possible for VATC and the Club to make 7 awards in 2014, the first year. The SDF endowment has continued to increase, thanks to further most welcome gifts. The fund currently provides £2,500 for five awards, which can be split between equally deserving candidates. In 2015 it was possible to give four scholarships and five bursaries, ranging from £1,000 to £2,500 per annum. That amount increased in 2016 to a total of £18,000. One of the principal strategic objectives of the V150 campaign was:
“To celebrate a new millennium and an Olympic year, in accordance with its charitable status, the Club should have a role at the centre of Oxford sport, contributing to its governance, helping university sports bodies to encourage sportsmen and sportswomen to apply to Oxford and assisting in funding them.”
The 2016 award winners were:
Vincent’s William Broadbent Jnr Scholarship
Connor Roth. Somerville. Ice Hockey
The Vincent’s Mark Lawrence Scholarship:
Younes Saidani. Hertford.
The Vincent’s Avery W. Broadbent Scholarship:
Conor Kearns. Somerville. Rugby Union.
The Geoff Riddell Vincent’s Scholarship for Team Sports:
Cian Wade. Green Templeton. Association Football.
Jane Lee. Mansfield. Lacrosse.
Peter Miles. University. Judo.
Samantha Rawlinson. St John’s. Athletics.
Dominic Thelen. Wycliffe/ Queen’s. Association Football.
Rachel Wheatley. St Hugh’s. Judo.
Two of our Major Donors:
Eligibility and Selection
The Vincent’s Awards are open to all students of Oxford University. They will be means tested. Selection will be weighted towards candidates with low family income, but will not exclude others if no such candidates of the appropriate standard apply. The criteria for selection for these awards are to be found in the application form.
Whilst scholarships will usually be worth £2,500 it is possible that in the case of both scholarships and bursaries the amount of £2,500 may be divided between more than one deserving applicant. The Selection Committee will have the final say on awards and their amounts: there will be no right of appeal and no amendment of an application unless the committee specifically requests it. The Selection Committee is composed of the following:
- Melville Guest OBE, (Chairman), Chairman of V150, former President of Vincent’s, Magdalen
- Stephen Pearson, Deputy Chairman of VATC, Trinity
- Peter Mirfield, Senior Member of Vincent’s, Jesus
- Adam Healy, former President of Vincent’s, Worcester
- Ronan Llyr, President of Vincent’s, University College
- Professor Nick Rawlins, Pro Vice Chancellor, Oxford University, University College
- Dr Emma Potts, Director of Student Administration, Oxford University
- Naomi Vides, President of Oxford University Sports Federation, Hertford
- Simon Offen, Secretary of the Committee, Christ Church
Applications close on the 7th July at noon and the committee meet soon after to make their selection. Winners will be announced after this.
Submitting your Application
Applications for Vincent’s Awards for 2017-18 are now open. Vincent’s Club is proud that the Vincent’s Awards constitute by some way the largest block of funding open to scholar athletes practising any officially registered sport at Oxford University.
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