Berwick Academy Endowment Fund
Berwick Academy Endowment Fund Creates Opportunities for Students Past and Present
The Berwick Academy Endowment Fund was established in order to promote the education and development of young people in Berwick. The Fund was established in June 2010, with the amalgamation of the Berwick upon Tweed Community High School fund and the George Cringle Scholarship Fund, which was originally resourced by various legacies left to the school by former staff and pupils.
The Berwick Academy Endowment Fund now offers one-off grants of up to £1000 to students who wish to engage in a wide range of courses or extra-curricular activities. Young people under the age of 25, who are or who have been Berwick Academy pupils, are eligible to apply for funding. If awarded, these funds can be put towards specific study, training or coaching in any educational field, in sport or music; extra-curricular activities, such as Operation Raleigh or Ocean Youth Trust; or to support elements of Further/ Higher Education courses (e.g. field trips or study abroad).
Members of the Berwick Academy Charitable Trusts Sub-Committee act as the fund advisors and members of the sub-committee are appointed by the school’s governing body. Since transferring to the Community Foundation, the funds have made grants worth a total of more than £70,000, supporting a huge number of former and current students, as well as some of the organisations who work with them. The funds have also made a number of exceptional awards to Berwick Academy itself in order to enhance its offer to students.
Current students who have benefited from submitting applications for funding are Abbi Rae, Chloe Ferguson, Sam Rogers and Eilidh Campbell. Abbi Rae received funding towards a trip to California to pursue further development in her sporting field of jiu jitsu. Sam Rogers and Eilidh Campbell received money to fund a summer acting camp, and Chloe Ferguson received a grant to put towards her County netball and cricket training.
Further information and an application form are available on the Berwick Academy school website. The next deadlines for entries are Tuesday 15th January and 30th April 2019. The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is holding a GeNErosity Festival throughout the county on 19th November to celebrate 30 years of philanthropic giving. (https://www.generosityfestival.co.uk/festival/northumberland-roadshow)