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The Longford Scholarships

Nat Billington Scholarship

Study for a degree in Computer Science

We are happy to announce a new scholarship in Computer Science. It will be awarded annually from the summer of 2016 to a young ex-prisoner to enable study at a UK Universtiy.

Introduction

We are happy to announce a new scholarship in Computer Science. It is supported by the Rank Foundation and will be awarded annually by the Longford Trust from the summer of 2016 to a young ex-prisoner to enable study at a UK University. The Award is established in memory of Nat Billington, trustee and mentor.

How To Apply

Apply online, or writing to us with your application by post, using the standard Longford Scholarships application form. Please make sure you tick the box for "Nat Billington Award"

Ths same eligibility criteria which apply for Longford Scholarships will also cover the Nat Billington Scholarship, with the additional stipulation that the applicant must be aiming to study Computer Science (or a closely related subject) at university.

The application forms can be found here.

Who was Nat Billington?

Nat Billington, computer entrepreneur and Lord Longford's grandson, was both a trustee of the Longford Trust and a regular mentor on our Scholarships' scheme before his death from cancer in 2015 aged 44.

Nat volunteered over several years as one of our trained mentors who support individual Longford Scholarship award-holders.  In particular he worked with students in his own discipline, computer science. Those he supported remember with profound gratitude the encouragement he gave them, and how it helped them gain their qualifications and rebuild their lives.

Peter, who graduated in Computer Science in 2014 from Aston University, says of his mentoring relationship with Nat: "we seemed to gel soon after we made contact. Nat helped me in many ways.  I was lucky to have someone with vast knowledge about my chosen course of study as my mentor. Nat always made people around him feel at ease and comfortable.  He was an inspirational and motivating force behind my endeavours during my time at university. Any advice he gave me helped me make progress."

Nat was the eldest child of Lord Longford's daughter, Rachel Billington, and her husband Kevin. To read more about his life and many achievements click here.

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