Second chances for ex-offenders through education


Get a university education with our help

We offer Longford Scholarships to serving and ex-prisoners to enable them to continue their rehabilitation by studying for degrees of their choice at a UK university or equivalent UK institute. Our scholarships consist of both financial and mentoring support. We work in partnership on the Longford Scholarships with Monument Trust and offer particular scholarships for those intending to study Law and Computer Science.


"I do believe that for me keeping up my studies helped me ease into being a relatively free man."

Tom received a Longford Scholarship for his three- year biology degree at Derby University.  He graduated with a first in 2009.

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“I got into radio upon release and was encouraged to attend university to become a professional broadcaster.”

We supported Jason in media and communications at Goldsmiths' College.  He graduated and is now sponsored by a national newspaper through an MA in Broadcast Journalism City University.

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"It is all down to taking a positive attitude to learning and leaving the negative peer pressures from my past behind."

Kevin is one of our current Longford Scholars. With our support he is doing as degree in business studies at the Open University.  Here he charts the road from prison to higher education

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"I thank the Longford Trust by rebuilding my life, career and family relationships and making sure that none of those left behind are ever more deserving than me."

Trevor received a Longford Scholarship in 2013 for his degree in medical microbiology

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Helping you meet the cost of your degree studies

Helping you meet the cost of your degree studies

The maximum award is £5,000 per annum, extendable for up to three years on receipt of suitable reports of academic progress. The money is intended to help with living expenses for books, course materials and basic sustenance.  In some cases, it can also pay for tuition fees.

Someone to support you on your higher education journey

All successful Longford Scholars will also be assigned a dedicated mentor by the trust - a trained volunteer who can offer practical and emotional advice on continuing the process of rehabilitation through higher education, and into the workplace. Some of our mentors are ex-Longford Scholars who have now gone on to rebuild their lives.


Patrick Pakenham Awards

Are you planning to study law at university?  If so, the Longford Trust administers the annual Patrick Pakenham Educational Award for those serving or ex-prisoners who wish to study for a degree in Law at a UK university or equivalent UK institute. These scholarships of up to £5,000 per annum are run in conjunction with the Longford Scholarships. More about the Patrick Pakenham Educational Awards.


How to apply for a scholarship

You will need to make sure that you meet our criteria to apply, and then fill out a detailed application form. Find out more about how to apply.

Become a mentor

If you think you could be there to offer advice and support to one of our scholars, please contact us.

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