Second chances for ex-offenders through education

Opinion on 1st December 2015

Announcing a new scholarship for Computer Science in memory of Nat Billington

Nat Billington, the computer entrepreneur and Lord Longford's grandson, was both a trustee of the Longford Trust and a regular mentor on our Longford Scholarships' scheme before his death from cancer in 2015 at the age of 44.  In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the trust, the Nat Billington Scholarship has been established as part of the Longford Scholarships. It will be awarded annually from the summer of 2016 to a young ex-prisoner who applies for a Longford Scholarship to enable him or her to study Computer Science at university.

Nat (pictured above right with his sons Phineas and Jacob) 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."

To read more about applying for the Nat Billington Scholarship, click here

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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