London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Beacon Undergraduate Scholarships 2020/2021 for East African Students

Application Deadline:27 April 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.


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:

(a) Academic 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.

(e) ‘Change-maker’

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.

Scholarship Amount

This scholarship is jointly funded between LSE and The Beacon Trust, for 2020 the scholarship amount to a total of £20,000 per academic year.

How to Apply:

To apply for this scholarship, please apply directly to the Beacon Trust

The application deadline for the Beacon Trust is normally in February, for entry to LSE in the September of that year.

To be considered for this scholarship and any other LSE scholarships that you fit the criteria for, please make sure you also follow the below process:

Once you’ve received an offer of admission (conditional or unconditional), you can apply for a scholarship. Please complete the Undergraduate Scholarship application form. By completing this form, you will ensure that you receive consideration for this and any other LSE scholarship(s) which you meet the eligibility criteria for.

The deadline for the receipt of applications is: 27 April 2020.

Please complete the LSE Undergraduate Scholarship Application 2020 and return your application form with all supporting documents including an academic reference to the Financial Support Office by post.

See details of providing a reference

All decisions will be sent by the end of July 2020.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the LSE Beacon Undergraduate Scholarships


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