Colonel Frederick Bonnart
30 April 2008
UCL notes with regret the death of Colonel Frederick Bonnart, who established the Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship at UCL.
Colonel Bonnart was the Editorial Director of NATO's Nations, an independent military journal and was formerly the European Community Correspondent for 'The Times' and a journalist specialising in international security.
In 2000/2001, attracted by UCL's excellence and liberal reputation, he established the scholarship. Now up to two are awarded annually, aimed at tackling the causes and consequences of intolerance, and intended for students who plan to explore the nature of religious, racial and cultural prejudices and to find ways of combating them.
Francesca Fabbri was awarded the first scholarship. At the time a UCL Economics PhD student, Francesca's thesis examined the welfare of ethnic-minority immigrants in the UK. She met and kept in touch with Colonel Bonnart, describing him as "an exceptional person".
Professor Michael Worton, UCL Vice-Provost (Academic & International), said: "Freddy Bonnart was a great friend to UCL. The scholarships which he founded, with their focus on finding ways to reduce intolerance, are now an important part of UCL's actions to promote a sense of social justice in our students. Freddy's visits to UCL were always marked by his enthusiasm for the excellent work our students are doing and by his own great integrity and far-sighted vision."
To find out more about the scholarship, use the link at the top of this article.