2020 Beacon Undergraduate Scholarships for Africans at LSE, UK

2020 Beacon Undergraduate Scholarships for Africans at LSE: The London School of Economics and Political Science if offering the Beacon Scholarship and welcomes applicants from the East African origin to apply for eligible undergraduate programmes.

The Beacon Scholarship provides access to the highest quality education for especially gifted Kenyan children, who in the future will have the confidence and ability to become leaders in their chosen fields in their own country.

Scholarship Sponsor(s): London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Scholarships to be taken at: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK.

Scholarship Type: Full/Partial Funding.

Scholarship level: Undergraduate

Slots: Not Stated.

Scholarship Worth:  £20,000 per academic year.

Subject Eligibility: All undergraduate programmes tenable at the school

Country/Candidate Eligibility:  Kenya, Tanzania, or Uganda.


See Also: 2020 International Students Scholarships at FDU, USA

Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

To begin the process of application, a candidate must first register and download a Nomination Form which must be completed by the Head of their current secondary school. The Nomination Form requires an endorsement that the candidate has strong academic and leadership potential, is a ‘Change-maker’, and has the capability for successful completion of an undergraduate programme of study at a world-class university.

Once the candidate has an offer for entry into a Beacon Partner University, they will be invited to complete a full Beacon Scholarship Application Form and Financial Disclosure which will be sent to them.

Applications are then evaluated by the Beacon Equity Trust for evidence of leadership potential using the following criteria:

(a) Academic Excellence

Applicants must obtain an offer of a place in at least one university participating in The Beacon Scholarship for University programme. Grade requirements for entry into Beacon Partner Universities are high, and vary by course. Successful university entry is contingent on obtaining the required grades in the university offer. As a general guide, predicted or actual grades should be the minimum required for a candidate’s chosen course of study at their first choice university.

(b) Achievement in Sport, Music or Drama

An applicant must demonstrate that they are more than just an active participant in sport, music or drama, with some formal level of proficiency or accreditation.

(c) Social Influence and Communication

The applicant must have held a position of responsibility in their school, or failing that provide some evidence of confidence amongst peers. They will be expected to undergo an interview which will give an indication of their aptitude and personality traits, and to participate in practical assessment exercises to establish their ability to form and develop relationships among peers.

(d) Citizenship

An applicant must show through examples that they have helped those less fortunate than themselves, or have done work in the community, and are seen as role models. Unselfishness, kindness and concern for others are key criteria for The Beacon Scholarship and Scholars will be required to show continuing evidence of their efforts in these areas.

(e) ‘Change-maker’

Applicants will also need to demonstrate, with examples, that they are a ‘Change-maker’, i.e. that:

  1. They have the capacity to ‘take people with them’ and
  2. They are already making a difference now, not at some future point in time.

Recommended Opportunities:

  1. American University International Graduate Students Merit Awards in USA
  2. DAAD In-Country / In-Region Scholarships for Africans at Hawassa University
  3. Standard Bank Derek Cooper Africa Scholarships at London School of Business, UK


(f) Other Factors

In addition to the above, other factors to be taken into account include:

  • Capacity to study independently overseas (which necessarily involves consideration of the applicant’s competence in English)
  • The applicant must be a national of, and ordinarily resident in Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda
  • Financial need – see below
  • The likely contribution of the candidate to other areas of university life
  • Commitment to return to their home country within one month of degree completion and thereafter remain in their home country for at least two full years (unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Beacon Equity Trust)
  • Commitment to make a contribution to the development of their home country

Application Procedures for the 2020 Beacon Undergraduate Scholarships for Africans at LSE – How-to-Apply:

Interested and eligible applicants for this scholarship, should please apply directly to the Beacon Trust.

You should also complete the LSE Undergraduate Scholarship Application 2020 and return your application form with all supporting documents including an academic reference to the Financial Support Office by post.

Application Deadline: 27 April 2020.

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