Bursary Fund

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As part of John Lyon’s Foundation (which incorporates the Charity, Harrow School and The John Lyon School), we are committed to supporting bursaries at both of the Foundation schools, as well as at Christ’s Hospital School and independent girls’ day schools that are based in the Beneficial Area.

Each year, up to 15% of the Charity’s annual expenditure is allocated as bursaries: 5% each to The John Lyon School and Harrow School and 5% to girls’ schools and other institutions. Grant awards are made directly to the institutions and not to individuals.  Bursary support is also available via Music Hubs, to support children and young people with their musical education, and at specialist Arts institutions under the Main Grants Fund.

Eligible bursary holders must live in the Beneficial Area and have done so for at least two years prior to receiving the award and not be able to access these institutions without financial assistance.

The rules governing bursaries:

  • Grants are awarded to schools for the payment of awards for individuals
  • Eligible candidates must be currently living in the Beneficial Area and have done so for at least two years before the award is made
  • Bursary holders are financially assessed and selected by the school or institution on criteria agreed with the Charity.  Each prospective candidate is presented to the Charity for approval
  • Recipients of John Lyon Bursaries must be means tested and provide evidence that they cannot afford to contribute more than 25% of the school fee.

Bursary awards considered under the Bursary Fund are for secondary education (Year 7 – Year 13) only.  Any other bursaries (Arts or Higher Education, for example) are considered under the Main Grants Fund and under the appropriate Programme Area (e.g. Arts & Science or Education & Learning).

For more information on the Charity’s funding on bursaries, please contact the Grants Team or call 020 7259 1700.