December 2012

Foresters Life: Case study on community work


With UK ‘A’ Level Students finding out their results in August and the focus being firmly on education, thanks to Foresters UK 150 students will have a contribution to the financial costs of their further studies via the Foresters Scholarship Programme.

Foresters, the mutual international financial services organisation, is committed to the support of the community, and has given students renewable scholarships awarding them for their outstanding educational achievements and the undertaking of volunteering projects in their community.

For over 20 years, Foresters UK has awarded more than 1000 scholarships to students who have shared their commitment to community service and who have proved a solid academic performance. In total, over £1.5 million has been awarded in financial support in the UK.

A good example is Catharine Barton who is currently undertaking a BSc in Product Design at Huddersfield University. Catharine has just completed her first year and says that: “The grant money has proved invaluable as it has allowed me to purchase additional software for my computer together with a new printer. I have purchased design books which I can use throughout my course and the grant has also provided funds to purchase materials for my projects and support the field trips we have undertaken”. Catharine’s projects have included the design of a laptop bag and also a group project on the re-design of a London tube station. The projects have helped to improve Catharine’s computer skills as these were essential to achieve an effective final design.

The Scholarship Programme is a great success in the UK with applicants year on year establishing a phenomenal, commitment to their academic studies and volunteering in their communities.

In addition, each year Foresters makes a ‘Student of the Year’ award which is based on a students work in the community, including any volunteering work and fund raising. Oliver Butterworth from Lincolnshire is the UK’s 2011 Student of the year and currently studying Bachelor of Music Degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Oliver was extremely active in his community sharing his gifts in music and engaging young people by going into schools on a weekly basis and teaching younger children how to play instruments including ‘percussion workshops’ and arranging local and national charity concerts.

The grant is available on application for children and grandchildren of members as well as members over the age of 16 with their own policy and studying for a degree straight after school. For more information regarding the Foresters Scholarship programme visit


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