Since 2002 we have been awarding Scholarships for Excellence to students studying at the college. There are currently a total of 375 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)
NOTE: We are now accepting donations to our Student Support Fund programme via GoFundMe.
Kieran Robinson, a second-year student at the College was recently presented with the 2021 Award for Excellence in Geography. Kieran was presented with the Steve Millar Award for Excellence in Geography. The award is given to the student who achieves the highest grade in their Geography exam at the end of their first and who is also progressing on to study A Level Geography. Kieran was presented with the Award by Steve Millar at a private ceremony held at Alton College. Kieran intends to continue his studies at Bath University. Steve Millar spent over 30 years working at Alton College in the Geography Department and when he left, in conjunction with the Alton College Foundation wanted to leave an annual award for a student excelling in Geography. The award has specific requirements for the student to have gained the highest marks and be progressing into the second year. Izzy Wood, Geography Lecturer, was at the presentation and said she was “delighted to see Kieran receive his award. He is a conscientious student who deserves recognition for his studies in geography and is a great ambassador for the College.”Read More
On Thursday 10 March, we were pleased to hold a ceremony where we awarded 25 scholarships in a wide range of subjects. Our thanks to all our sponsors for their support and congratulations to our scholars. This brings to total of scholars to 375 over the last 20 years, a fantastic achievement.Read More
We were very pleased to have been invited to the official opening of the Alton Campus Gaming & Creative Digital Studios today. We believe in encouraging students to join an industry already worth £7bn to the UK economy. To that end we have decided to offer the 2022 Alumni Scholarship to a student studying in this area. Students have until 15 November to send in their applicationRead More
We are now open for Scholarship applications for 2022. For details about the scheme please go to the How We Support Students page on this website. Applications close 22 Nov 2021. Any queries contact our officeRead More
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 have already helped two deserving students with others still coming forward for helpRead 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Alton College Foundation, is committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Notice explains in detail the types of personal data we may collect about you as Scholarship Applicant, Sponsor, former or current Scholar, Development Fund Applicant or Development Fund Recipient. It also explains how we’ll store and handle that data, and keep it safe. We know that there’s a lot of information here, but we want you to be fully informed about your rights, and how the Alton College Foundation uses your data.We hope the following sections will answer any questions you have but if not, please do get in touch with
This statement applies to data held about our Scholarship Applicants, Sponsors, former and current Scholars, Development Fund Applicants and Development Fund recipients. For the purpose of this document, the following terms are defined
Sponsor/ Potential Sponsor: Anyone who has or may made or make a one-off or regular donation to the Alton College Foundation
Scholars: Anyone who has been appointed as a Alton College Foundation Scholar under the Scholarship for Excellence
Student Support Fund Recipients: Anyone who has received support from the Alton College Foundation Student Support Fund
Scholarship Applicants: Any Alton College student who has applied under the Scholarship for Excellence Scheme
Student Support Fund Applicants: Any Alton College Student or member of staff who has applied for a grant under the Alton College Foundation Student Support Fund Scheme.
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, please email email@example.com or write to us at Alton College Foundation, Old Odiham Road, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2LY.
Explaining the legal bases we rely on: The law on data protection sets out a number of different reasons for which we may collect and process your personal data, including:
Consent In most situations, we will collect and process your data with your consent. For example, when dealing with an application for a student support fund grant or as part of the scholarship process. When collecting your personal data, we always make clear to you which data is necessary in connection with the particular purpose.
Legitimate interest In specific situations, we require your data to pursue our legitimate interests in a way which might reasonably be expected as part of running our charity and which does not materially impact your rights, freedom or interests. For example, we may use records to invite you by post to attend our scholarship ceremony or invite you to consider becoming a sponsor of the charity.
Necessary for a contract: In some situations we may offer the sale of products or services to support the fundraising activities of the Charity. For example, we may sell tickets to an event for the purposes of fundraising. Therefore, we would need to communicate with you directly by email about the date or the arrangements made for the event or it may even be about other similar events in the future.
What information do we gather and how do we use your information?
Sponsors/ Potential Sponsors: The personal information we collect includes name, contact details (including email address), and other information where available publicly. We record details of your financial donations on your record.
Scholars: The personal information we collect includes name, contact details (including email address and other information where available publicly. We record your name, scholarship subject and year of scholarship for historical purposes on our website and paper records.
Scholarship and Student Support Fund: The personal information we collect includes name, contact details (including email address) previous exam results, current academic performance, previous school and other information where available publicly.
Student Support Fund Grant recipients: The personal information we collect includes name, contact details (including email address and other information where available publicly. The amount of the development fund grant is detailed on your record.
We will use your personal information:
As part of this, we may create a summary of your relationship with the Alton College Foundation and your interests and preferences so that we can contact you in the most appropriate way and with the most relevant information and we can avoid contacting you about opportunities which are not relevant to your interests. By creating this profile, we are able to work more effectively with our Sponsors and Scholars to support the work of the Foundation.
We may need to share your information with HSDC Alton, for the purposes described above to support the objectives of the Charity. Further details about data sharing are given below.
How do we collect information?
Sponsors/Potential Sponsors - We obtain personal information from the individuals when they make donation through our donation forms.
Scholars and Scholarship Applicants - We obtain personal information from the Scholarship Application forms. Student’s exam results, contact details and other relevant information are copied from the HSDC Alton Database and used to create a record for you on the appropriate Scholarship Applications database.
Student Support Fund Applicants - We obtain personal information from the Applicants when the enquire about submitting a Student Support Fund application.
Additionally, we may also receive information about you from other sources for example from a friend who wants us to tell you about the activities we carry, from searching on the internet or occasionally from our service providers.
How do we protect your information?
Your personal information is stored in a secure database. We take appropriate measures to ensure that the personal information disclosed to us is kept secure, accurate and up to date and kept only for so long as is necessary for the purposes for which it is used and is thereafter securely destroyed or permanently deleted. Alton College Foundation does not retain bank information and does not process credit cards.
All information we handle is done so in accordance with data protection legislation. If your personal details change, please help us to keep your information up to date by notifying us.
You can update your details online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Right of Access: You have the right to request a copy of all the information we hold about you. If you wish to exercise this right, please email email@example.com or write to Michelle George at Alton College Foundation, Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton, GU34 2LY.
The request should include a name, an address for correspondence and the address the information should be sent to (if different) as well as a description of the information requested. We may communicate with you by phone, email or post in order to achieve our work in the most cost-effective way. You have a choice about whether you want to receive news and information about the Alton College Foundation, and by which method. We will not contact you if you have indicated that you do not wish to be contacted.
You can change your preferences at any time by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to Michelle George at Alton College Foundation, Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton, GU34 2LY.
By providing us with your personal data, you give approval to the collection and use of this information in accordance with the purposes described above and this privacy statement. If you request that your details are removed from our database, we will remove all personal data, with the following exceptions:a note of the request to remove your data will be retained, to prevent you from being inadvertently contacted in the future;
information needed to comply with statutory requirements (such as in relation to Gift Aid) may be retained, but only for so long as those statutory requirements specify; and
an anonymous reference may be attributed to you in documentation compiled from the record of your event attendances and/or the record of donations that you have given, for the purposes of internal or external recording or accounting for any event attended, and for any donation required to be retained for audit, reporting or accounting purposes.
Will we pass on information to third parties?
We never sell any of your personal information. We may pass your information to HSDC Alton College for administration purposes in relation to the Scholarship Scheme and Student Support Fund grants. We always make sure that appropriate controls are in place and the will never use your data for any other purpose and information will be destroyed or permanently deleted once the project has been completed. We may publish your current name and photograph in our Scholarship Award Event programme and our website.
We may need to disclose your information if required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies) or if we have your permission to do so.