A record number of school students have been awarded a Gap Scholarship this year.
Seventeen A Level geography students from across the UK have received bursaries of up to £4,000, plus a mentor and expert support from the Society. This will enable them to plan and undertake a worthwhile gap experience that – due to challenging circumstances or lack of opportunity – would not have otherwise been possible.
Gap Scholars are supported through the Society’s Learning and Leading programme, which uses geography fieldwork to help raise aspirations, motivation and achievements of young people.
The geographically-themed gap experiences can include a mix of international fieldwork, work experience, volunteering and independent travel. This provides an opportunity for students to develop the skills and qualities needed to succeed at university and in their future careers.
Steve Brace, Head of Education and Outdoor Learning at the Society, says: “Gap Scholarships are awarded to individuals who show a real passion for learning more about the people, places and environments of the world. The practical learning gained on a gap experience will be invaluable preparation for their university studies and also provide many transferable skills relevant for their future careers.”
Now in its fifth year, the Society’s Gap Scholarships have now supported more than 70 students who have visited more than sixty countries. Many past Gap Scholars have returned as mentors to help support their younger peers.
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