The Beacon Scholarship at London School of Economics for Gifted Kenyan Children


    Deadline: 28 Feb,2020    Next term Starts:: 14 May,2020


    LSE is pleased to announce one new scholarship for the next three academic sessions in partnership with The Beacon Equity Trust.

    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.


    Eligibility and 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:

    (aAcademic 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.


    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.

    (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


    Awards and Benefits

    • This scholarship is jointly funded between LSE and The Beacon Trust, for 2019 the scholarship amount to a total of £20,000 per academic year.
    • In order for a candidate to qualify for The Beacon Scholarship for University, they and their Parents/Guardians/Sponsors must demonstrate financial need and undertake full and complete financial disclosure.
    • Parents/Guardians/Sponsors must be committed both financially and educationally for their child to complete an undergraduate degree as a Beacon Scholar.
    • The Beacon Scholarship is aimed at Parents/Guardians/Sponsors who can demonstrate financial need but are able to fund at least one third of the total cost of tuition, maintenance and one return economy airfare from their home country for a Beacon Scholar.
    • The Parent/Guardian/Sponsor share is expected to be in the region of £12-15k (US$15-20k) a year. Families unable to fund their annual one-third share of total costs should not apply.
    • Please research fee levels and maintenance costs of specific courses at Beacon Partner Universities.


    How To Apply 

    To apply please click here