Since 2002 we have been awarding Scholarships for Excellence to students studying at the college. There are currently a total of 350 ScholarsLearn More
The Student Support Fund aims to improve the quality of life and achievements of students at the College by awarding Grants. This fund is open to all students up to the age of 19 studying at the HSDC Alton campus. In the past 10 years over £120,000 in grants have been made.Learn More
All gifts and donations to the Foundation are most welcome. Other than becoming a sponsor for the Scholarship scheme we are in particular interested in obtaining funding for our overall activity which we can assure you is carefully managed and put to good use. Also if you are making a donation as an individual we benefit from the Gift Aid Scheme which currently sees the government add an additional 25% to your donation if you are a UK tax payer. Although this scheme is always under threat this adds vital funding, especially at a time when bank interest is so low.
There are a number of ways we can receive donations. You can make a direct payment to the Foundation (make cheques payable to the Alton College Foundation) You can make a regular donation via direct debit (contact for details)
You can now make secure online donations via Virgin Money.
Everybody at the Alton College Foundation wishes all our Scholars the best of luck as the countdown to getting their A level results gets nearerRead More
Albeit a year overdue, on Tuesday 15 June 2021, Nicky Branch received the farewell he deserved after standing down as the Chairman and a Director/Trustee of The Alton College Foundation. Having established the Alton College Foundation charity along with fellow Governors of Alton College in 1999, Nicky has witnessed the charity go from strength to strength. Over 20 years, 350 students have benefited from the scholarships in a wide range of subjects all sponsored by local individuals, companies, or trusts. In addition, the charity has raised over £600K to support students an infrastructure projects at the College. Celebrating his retirement with directors of the Foundation, supporters and former staff of Alton College, Nicky was thanked for all his incredible work over the years on behalf of all those involved by Mr Trevor Heley, Managing Director of the Foundation. Trevor said: “Nicky has always put the students first and he is passionate about giving talented students the confidence to make the most of their talents. At the same time he has viewed the Foundation as a ginger group, pushing the college to new and different things. We will work hard to ensure his legacy endures”. Whilst previous scholars were unable to attend in person, they were keen to offer their heartfelt thanks to Nicky for his part in establishing the Foundation. Nicky received a book containing a selection of photos taken over the years and goodwill messages from scholars from each of the year’s scholarships have been awarded. He also received an inscribed presentation wine box containing some of his favourite South African wine. Whilst retiring as Chairman and director, Nicky continues his relationship with the Foundation by personally sponsoring the public services scholar this year.Read More
Congratulations go to Jemima Willoughby, who did an outstanding job scoring in the top 5% of British Olympiad competitors to win gold at the recent UK Biology Olympiad.Read More
The Alton College Foundation has just launched an appeal using the Virgin Money Giving platform aimed at raising funds to provide college students with laptops/tablets. This is in recognition of the fact that some students have struggled to work from home during the pandemic because of a lack of equipment and that this struggle will continue even after the college returns to normal. To make a donation use the link here. UPDATE: We closed this appeal having raised over £600. We are now talking to students to see how best to use this moneyRead More
Twenty-one HSDC Alton students have been selected for the Alton College Foundation Scholarships for Excellence. The new scholars bring the total number of students awarded scholarships, since the scheme began in 2002, to 350. The scheme, supported by local organisations, individuals and trusts, offers HSDC Alton students financial support over the two years they are at the College, along with the prestige of being appointed as a scholar. The selection process was carried out online this year, with the interviewers being presented with an incredibly high calibre of shortlisted applicants. Subsequently the winning students were outstanding in their subject areas of art, business, design and architecture, economics, engineering, English literature, humanities, mathematics, medicine, music, modern foreign languages, performing arts, public services and science. The formal scholarship award ceremony, normally held in the spring, has been delayed until later this year when it is hoped that students will be able to meet their sponsors in person and celebrate their achievements with other scholars past and present. Trevor Heley, Managing Director of the Foundation, said: “Since introducing the Scholarships for Excellence scheme in 2002 we have seen how beneficial it has been to our Scholars. They tell us how it helped them get into their chosen university and move into exciting careers working across the world. Both we and their sponsors continue to keep in touch with many of our 350 scholars and often invite them to come back to the College to inspire students. For my fellow directors and myself, our reward is to know that something we created nearly 20 years ago continues to go from strength to strength”.Read More
We have renamed the Development Fund as the Student Support Fund. The primary reason is to give more clarity to what we are trying to achieve by offering grants to students. Details can be found on this website.Read More
We are pleased to announce that, for the first time, we will be awarding a Scholarship for Public Service. It is so important that we recognise and encourage the work undertaken by all those choosing a career in public services e.g. Police, Medicine, Fire and Rescue and the Armed forces. A big thank you goes to Nicky Branch, the ex Chair of the Foundation, for funding this ScholarshipRead More
We are still open but there might be a slight time lag in replying to emails. Please do not try calling us during this time.Read More
The 18th Scholarships for Excellence Awards took place on 27th February 2020, with 20 students receiving scholarships.Read More
The ceremony held on Thursday 26th September celebrated awards to 16 Students. This was the third year that these awards have been made and introduced a range of new awards. Details below: CREATIVE VISUAL ARTS Awards Holly Lowe (Textiles) Ottilie Peterson (Textiles) sobelle Monckton (Fine Art) Rebecca Marshall (Photography) ENGINEERING Awards Emily Adderson Nathan Banbury Tommy Bason Oliver Chapman. Cameron Bush Harry Henslow. FOUNDATION LEARNING Award Tom Brooker MATHEMATICS Award Emily Morgan. PERFORMING ARTS Award Bryony Morgan. PUBLIC SERVICES Awards Sam Harding. Chloe Baldwin. Jordan Horseman.Read More
The college has begun a rebranding exercise that will start to appear in all its marketing, including signage. This follows the merger with HSDC that took place 1st March 2019. However there will be no resulting change to our name and we remain committed to supporting the students and staff at the Alton campus.Read More
We always feel encouraged by the feedback we get from past Scholars. Here are just a few examples
"The Scholarship helped me to achieve a distinction in my Art Foundation course at Alton College. This led to me gaining a place on one of the top sculpture courses in the country at degree level. Following on from this I was able to gain employment in a creative and cutting edge role in one of the most competitive industries. I think a Scholarship is a great way of not only enabling students financially and helping them to achieve their best, but also giving them confidence in their work and encouragement to aim high". Abi Smith – ADFAS Scholarship 2002
I would never have imagined that the effects of the Scholarship I received in 2008 could be quite so far-reaching. Aside from the direct benefits of permitting me the opportunity to complete various immersion courses in language schools in France and Spain, it facilitated my entry onto the joint LL.B/Maitrise en droit programme at King’s College London. Undoubtedly, without the Languages Scholarship, I would never have had the opportunity to foster the skills necessary to work in quite so many diverse international contexts. I am forever grateful to the Foundation for their support throughout my time at Alton".Chris Dominey – Modern Foreign Languages Scholarship 2006.
'Without the scholarship support, it would have been harder to access opportunities which were crucial to my personal statement, as it allowed me to discuss them at interview and stand out from other candidate. I hope I serve as a good example of the success of the scholarship initiative. I would strongly encourage people to apply for the scholarships and support the work of the Alton College Foundation'. Dr John Hawkins,BSc, MBChB. Foundation Scholarship in Medicine. 2005
‘The Scholarship really boosted my confidence and encouraged me to apply [to Oxbridge], which I think was the best of many benefits.’ Katie Roe, Craven Brothers Scholar (Engineering) 2008-10
‘I think that [my Scholarship] has really given me a lot of confidence in myself and my subjects.’ Leanne Brown, Nicholas Branch Scholar (International Baccalaureate) 2009-11
' I owe so much to my Scholarship including discovering my vocation for Neuroscientific research (a surprise to everyone!), my place at Oxford and an incredible job as a Lab Assistant designing and carrying out Neuroscientific experiments in London; I am desperate to thank the Foundation personally and also to encourage this year's group of scholars. Before receiving the scholarship I considered myself an average student but having the Foundation's belief in me was the kick I needed to change my life'. Meredith Leston, Dischma Trust Scholarship in Humanities, 2010-2011
Student Support Fund Recipient
‘After falling just short of being eligible for EMA (Educational Maintenance Allowance) and living in the middle of nowhere, getting to college was always going to be an expensive issue for my family. The award has paid for me to be insured to drive the family car. I would like to thank the Alton College Foundation for allowing me to become more independent, without having to compromise my studies.’- Second Year Student of English, French and Sociology.
Alton College Foundation Scholarships for ExcellenceTerms and Conditions–Effective 5 October 2020
In 1999 three Governors established The Alton College Foundation (The Foundation) as an independent registered charity. Since then over £550,000, has been raised from local businesses, organisations and individual donors all with an interest in raising the standards in all fields of education. The funds have been used to improve HSDC Alton (the College)and help both students and staff. Since 2002 the Foundation’s Scholarship for Excellence Scheme, the sole objective of which is to reward and encourage effort and excellence amongst students, has awarded 350 students who have subsequently achieved great things both in education and in their careers.
2. Scholarship Subjects
The number of Scholarships awarded and subjects covered varies from year to year but cover a wide range of subjects at both A level and BTEC. These include:
In addition, Scholarships are currently offered to talented artists on the one-yearArt Foundation course, supported by The Arts Society Alton.
The monetary reward associated with each scholarship is determined by the Foundation’s Sponsors and is paid annually to students whilst at the College. More information will be provided on application.
3. The Foundation’s Supporters
HSDC Alton(the College) and The Alton College Foundation are extremely grateful to all those individuals and organisations that continue to support and fund this scheme. However, unlike other 6th form Scholarship schemes, the Foundation’s approach does do not use college funds.The Foundation welcome enquiries from others wishing to add their names to the already impressive list of supporters below:
•Sir Simon and Lady Virginia Robertson
•Ellis Campbell Charitable Foundation
•Rotary Club of Alton
•The Arts Society Alton•Sir James Scott
•Headley Financial Services
•The Aerogen Company
•Mrs Merula Frankel
•Mr Peter and Mrs Lissa Wilson
•Mr Nicky Branch
•Mr Peter Gaffney
•Mr Fraser Wilson
•Mr Niven Baird
•Mr George Heller
.Alton Building Preservation Trust
4.1 Applicants must be 18 years or younger, studying at theCollege. The exception to this is students on the one-year Arts Foundation Course applying for a Scholarship fromThe Arts Society Alton Scholarship.
4.2 Students should be undertaking either a 2-yearA level course, an equivalent BTEC course or the Arts Foundation Course. The Scholarship is only awarded to students in thefirst year of a two-yearcourse (the exception being the Arts Foundation Course).
4.3 Only students who have already commenced full-time studies at the College will be considered for shortlisting and selection. However, students may apply before they start their studies at theCollege, if their predicted grades are 7-9 in most of their GCSE subjects. If applicants do apply before starting to study at the College, additional information will be requested after commencing full-time studies at College, e.g. actual GCSE results, feedback from College tutors.
4.4 Students must have achieved Grade 7-9in most of your GCSE subjects, or be exceptionally talented at sport, musicor be a talented artist. In addition: If applying for Mathematics you must have achieveda Grade 8-9in GCSE Mathematics and studying Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A level. b) If applying for Modern Foreign Languages students must have achieved a Grade 7-9in a language at GCSE(preferably two) and studying at least one language at A level.
4.5 Students should be working to Grade A –A* standard in your chosen A level subjects or D* in BTEC subjects.
5.How to apply
Applicants must either write a letter or email Alton College Foundation or complete the online application form. The letter or email should be headed ‘Alton College Foundation Scholarships for Excellence’ and indicate the area for which you are applying e.g. a Mathematics Scholarship. You should state why you feel you should be awarded a Scholarship, your future plans for university and career (if known) and any significant hobbies or interests.The Alton College Foundation will consider your letter or form of application, your previous academic achievements e.g. GCSE grades, comments from your school and the College teachers and any predicted grades when assessing your suitability for a Scholarship.
6.Closing Date/ Selection Process
6.1 All applications and references must be received by the 15th November.The Directors of the Foundation may, at their discretion, extend the application process in any year beyond this date.
6.2 Shortlisting for interview will take place in December and if successful, you will be invited for interview in January (exact dates will vary each year).The interview panel will include College staff, Sponsors and Alton College Foundation Directors.
6.3 Decisions on the award of Scholarships are at the discretion of the interview panel and the Alton College Foundation and are final. Feedback will be given if requested.
Payment to successful applicants will be paid in two tranches. The first being made when you are confirmed as a Scholar and the second, subject to meeting certain commitments (see below), after the beginning of your second year at the College. Note: in the case of Arts Foundation Scholars they will just receive one payment on award.
The Scholars Commitment
8.1 Successful applicants will be required to attend the awards ceremony to receive the Scholarship certificate. This will take place in either February or March.
8.2 Scholars are encouraged to contact and meet with their Sponsors whilst at the College. This is not only valued by our Sponsors but is also often beneficial to the Scholar.Such meetings and contacts should always meet the safeguarding rules stipulated by the College and must be arranged via the Alton College Foundation Administrator.
8.3 All Scholars must submit an annual report (250-400 words) detailing progress and achievements and how the scholarship money has been used or is intended to be used.
8.4 Scholars must demonstrate commitment throughout their time at the College.The definition of what constitutes commitment will be determined by the Alton College Foundation but will primarily relate to: a)Interim results and reports from the College; in particular that the Scholar is achieving the expected academic performance and exhibit the behaviour expected of a Scholar. b)That the Scholar is continuing to study the subject that relates to theScholarship e.g. An English Scholar continues to work towards an ‘A level’in English. c)In some instances, the Sponsor may attach specific requirements to their Scholarship. Scholars will be notified of these in advance and must accept those requirements prior to receiving their award.
8.5 If it is felt thatthe Scholar is not be sufficiently committed or leaves the College then any outstanding payments will be forfeited.
8.6 All communications between the Scholar and Alton College Foundation must be made through the Alton College Foundation Administrator.Contact:Michelle George, Administrator, Alton College Foundation, Old Odiham Road, Alton, Hants, GU34 2LY. Telephone: 01420 592208. Email: email@example.com
Disclaimer: The Alton College Foundation reserves the right to make changes to these Terms and Conditions without notice.
A copy of these Terms and Conditions will be posted on our website www.altoncollegefoundation.org.uk
Date: October 2020