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Ridgway Scholarship

Ridgway Scholarship

The Ridgway Scholarship was set up by Dr William Ridgway with the specific purpose of enhancing and promoting cultural and academic interaction between young scholars at Evansville and their counterparts in England. It is open to young people under the age of 25 years, with preference being given to British university or college graduates, or those currently studying, or about to study at, a British university or college.

Though open to young people across Britain, preference will be given to those who normally reside in the county of Lincolnshire.

The successful scholar will study full-time at the University of Evansville in Indiana, live in university accommodation and play a full and active part in the life of the University. They will also be expected to raise the profile of the Ridgway Scholarship and to promote Harlaxton as a unique study abroad opportunity for Evansville students.

The Ridgway Scholarship pays one international return air fare, all tuition costs, and room and board accommodation for a year of study at the University of Evansville. As a major international scholarship, the grant offsets educational costs of more than $45,000. Dr. William Ridgway was a trustee of the University of Evansville, whose ancestors came from the east midlands region of England. He also purchased Harlaxton Manor in 1978, which was leased by the University of Evansville at the time, and gave it outright to the University. Harlaxton College in 1986. Harlaxton College has been at the Manor, providing education abroad opportunities since 1971.

Further information and a copy of the application form can be downloaded from this website:

Or requested from:

The College Secretary
Harlaxton College
Harlaxton Manor
Harlaxton, Grantham
Lincolnshire, NG32 1AG
Tel: +44 1476 403015
E-mail: ahollick@harlaxton.ac.uk

Deadline for applications is now Monday 2, April 2018.

Ridgway Scholar 2017-18

Joel Beardmore, Ridgway Scholar for 2017-18, was selected through a competitive application and interview process which resulted in interviews at Harlaxton Manor early in March 2017. The interview panel, which was drawn from members of the College and the Harlaxton Advisory Council, commented on the high standard of the applications, noting particularly the enthusiasm and achievement of individual candidates, and hoped that the scholarship would continue to attract such applicants.

Joel, who lives in East Bridgford, currently attends The King’s School in Grantham where he is studying English literature, history and economics. He is the Curteis House Captain, which involves leading and coordinating house events, and supporting and motivating the house team. He will be heading off to Evansville for the start of a journey of a life-time in mid-August.

Previous Ridgway Scholars

Joel will be following in the footsteps of Sam Lee (2016-2017) who also went to The Kings School in Grantham, Lydia Taylor (2015-16) who comes from Stamford and attended Oakham School where she was an award holder for both Music and Drama, Philip Tombs (2014-15), who took a gap year from his studies at the University of Bath in order to spend a year in Evansville, and Shannon Knight (2013-14), who studied for her ‘A’ levels at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School.

Many previous Ridgway Scholars keep in contact with the College and you can read some recollections by the very first Ridgway Scholar, Sarah Wilson (1982-83).

Sam Lee, who was last year’s Scholar, wrote a blog: Keep Calm and Travel On, whilst in the US, whilst Lydia Taylor, Ridgway Scholar 2015-2016, wrote a Blog and also produced a Video about her experience.