Event celebrates the Lloyds Scholars programme
27 November 2012
An event on Thursday 15 November celebrated the first anniversary of the Lloyds Scholars programme.
15 UCL students currently receive scholarships from the bank. They are all first year undergraduates based in a wide range of faculties studying a variety of courses.
Every scholar is allocated a mentor within the bank, will complete a summer internship and have the opportunity to participate in other skills development and networking opportunities during the course of the programme. They receive £1,000 bursary per year of study, and can gain additional awards based on how well they do in their studies. The students are under no obligation to work for Lloyds upon graduation but previous scholars from other universities have been offered jobs at the bank. The scholars have all committed to undertake 100 hours of volunteering per year in their community, while they are at UCL.
Students were selected to join the programme based on a number of eligibility requirements, and a rigorous assessment centre. Competition for places was high, with more than 170 applications for 15 Scholarship places at UCL.
Kanye Kola, one of the scholars, described the programme: "The Lloyds Scholars programme is a brilliant opportunity for me to gain skills and experience which would otherwise be near impossible to obtain. I can't express how much it means to be accepted into the programme. There is not a great deal of opportunity out there for students of my age and this will certainly give me a headstart in developing the skills, contacts and experience needed to prepare for a professional working environment."
Lloyds is also running
an Enterprise Awards scheme to identify the very best university student and
graduate entrepreneurs across Britain. The awards are open to anyone who has
founded or co-founded their own business and who is currently studying at
university or graduated in the past five years. Applicants need to have been
trading for at least a year and the business should be based in England,
Scotland or Wales.
Image: The first anniversary event took place at Plaisterers' Hall and was attended by Antonio Horta-Ósario, Lloyds CEO. It was also an opportunity to welcome new scholars to the scheme.