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The First Sir Laurence Howard Rutland Scholarship awarded to Toby Williams


By Mercury reporter


Going to University can mean leaving with large debts – even if students earn while they learn.

Rutland wants to contribute to the futures of deserving students whilst celebrating its involvement in the foundation of The University of Leicester.

The Sir Laurence Howard Rutland Scholarships scheme for students at The University of Leicester was launched on November 8 at The Showground Pavilion in Oakham.

Sir Laurence Howard, Professor Paul Boyle (President & Vice-Chancellor of The University of Leicester), Toby Williams and Dr Sarah Furness Photo: Rutland Pride
Sir Laurence Howard, Professor Paul Boyle (President & Vice-Chancellor of The University of Leicester), Toby Williams and Dr Sarah Furness Photo: Rutland Pride

The scheme has been set up in honour of Sir Laurence to mark his significant contribution to the county as the former Lord-Lieutenant.

The aim of the Sir Laurence Howard Rutland scholarships is to provide support to a deserving Rutland student who has been offered a place at The University of Leicester.

The scholarship will provide a minimum of £1,000 a year.

Apart from the qualification of being from Rutland, there are two main criteria – one is that they have overcome adversity and shown determination to succeed. The other is that they have financial need.

At the launch, the Lord-Lieutenant, Dr Sarah Furness, said: “For some in Rutland, this scholarship may make the difference between taking up a University education or not.

"It should certainly mean that students do not have to earn while they learn, thereby increasing their chances of gaining a better degree.

"So often people assume that because there is affluence in Rutland, there is no poverty.

"This is simply untrue, there is real poverty, much of it rural in Rutland.

"Through this scheme, the university experience can be opened up to people who might not otherwise be in a position to appreciate it; and in doing so, increase their life chances."

Dr Furness announced that the first scholarship was awarded to Toby Williams, who is studying Accounting and Finance at the University of Leicester.

“However, if we are to award another scholarship next year, we do need to raise significantly more funds," she said.

"I urge individuals and businesses to consider supporting this very worthwhile Rutland scheme.

"This financial support should make a positive impact that lasts for life."



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