The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity (STWLC) awards scholarships to exceptionally academically high-achieving young people, who wish to attend an independent school in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland for their sixth form (Years 12 and 13) education.

Up to three scholarships are available each year and STWLC covers the cost of tuition fees for the two years of A-level study (or provides money towards the tuition in partnership with the awarding school by arrangement with the school).

In previous years The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity has awarded scholarships to young people at Leicester High School, Leicester Grammar School and Ratcliffe College.

Young people who wish to apply for the scholarship should:

  • Live permanently in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland;
  • Currently be attending a state school in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland;
  • Expect to gain at least 9 GCSEs graded from 7 – 9. References will be taken from the current school to confirm this;
  • Their household should have a maximum of £50,000 income pa. (This will be means tested by the schools applied to);
  • Have the drive and ambition to achieve exceptional results at A-level and go on to study at a top university.

The process:

  • Applications should be made directly to the independent school of the applicant’s choice and should NOT be made directly to The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity;
  • Applicants will complete a STWLC application form, provided to them by the school, as well as any paperwork required by the school and will meet the Head Teacher/Head of Sixth Form at the school they are applying to in the first instance;
  • If the school puts them forward for interview, they will meet with up to four members of The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity Board of Trustees in the February or March of the year that they hope to start at the school.

The Sir Thomas White charity awards a maximum of three sixth form scholarships to independent schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland each year. Therefore please be aware that this is a competitive process for applicants and that not all schools/colleges taking part in the programme will be able to award scholarships.

If you have further questions please contact the school that you are considering applying for.

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