April 14 deadline for Exceptional Contribution Award applications
The Trust’s search for people who have begun or plan to take on an exceptional piece of research to benefit society was launched back in December.
The ideal applicant is likely to be involved in, but not limited to, the fields of medical, scientific or engineering advancement and is anticipated to be doing doctorate or post-doctoral research.
If you want to be considered for this prestigious award, make sure you get in touch with the Trust using the Contact Form on the website giving a very brief description of your project. You will be expected to complete an application form and, if selected, to attend a personal interview with the trustees.
Life changing grant is huge benefit for Laura
Laura Higgins, daughter of GB Railfreight’s Michael Higgins, applied successfully to the Trust for a grant in her final year at Southampton University.
For Laura the grant ‘changed her life’. The money went towards her living costs, freeing up vital learning time. Laura explained: “I was able to worry less about the financial struggles of a typical student and focus more on my studies.
“Fourth year was extremely hard. Having the extra time to dedicate to my work was a huge benefit.
“I would highly recommend others to apply it’s an amazing scheme.”
So long, Marion
We’re sorry to say that Marion Esfandiari, the Trust’s administrator since 2011, is leaving.
Marion said: “I’ve had a fantastic time working with the Trust over the last five years.I’m going to miss everyone but I’ve decided that the time is right for me to retire properly. I’m looking forward to spending more time travelling and doing a little bit of voluntary work.”
Chris Tingle, speaking on behalf of the Trust said: “The Trustees thank Marion for the passion and dedication she has shown for the Trust and wish her the very best for the future.”
Taking over the reins as our new administrator, is Jane Mason, who says she is looking forward to working with the Trust. We’ll profile Jane in our next edition.
With the changes in personnel we have taken this opportunity to move our registered and postal address to: c/o UNW LLP, Citygate, St James’ Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4JE with immediate effect.
Jane can be contacted through the Trust’s website
Applying for a Masters?
You can apply to be considered for a new grant from the Trust if you are continuing with your studies (Masters, PGCE etc) once you have finished your degree.
The deadline for applications from the September 2017 intake is 31 August 2017.
Grant application deadlines
For courses starting in the academic year 2017/18 the deadline is 31 August 2017. If you have already started studying and haven’t made an application yet, then apply before 14 April 2017 and we’ll take the current academic year into consideration.
Sporting and Artistic Applications
Applications can be made at any time.
If you want the application to be considered this year, the deadline is 31 August 2017.
Special Access Funding
Applications can be made at any time but if you want the application to be considered at the next grant committee the deadline is 14 April 2017.
The EWS Educational Trust can consider applications only from people with a close family link to someone who works or who worked in the UK’s rail freight industry.
If in doubt, contact the Trust through the website.
Encouraging Talent – unlocking potential
Trust launches new Exceptional Contribution Award
Does a member of your family have what it takes to make an exceptional contribution to society?
The EWS Educational Trust has created a new grant, for people with a close family link to the UK rail freight industry, which will help a limited number of people who are on a journey to develop something outstanding to the benefit of others.
With ‘significantly’ higher levels of funding than its usual grants the Exceptional Contribution Award is aimed at those who are likely to be involved in, but not limited to, the fields of medical, scientific or engineering advancement and is anticipated to be doing doctorate or post-doctoral research.
For more information on the award and details on how to apply click here: Exceptional Contribution
Special Access Funding
The Trust’s special access grant is for people who face barriers to achieving their educational, sporting or artistic potential because of a physical disability, a special educational need or other challenging circumstances.
If you have a close family member with a condition such as but not limited to, autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia, or a physical disability, who may need extra help to optimise their potential find out more about how we may help. Visit our Special Access Funding page.
The special access grant is for those the trust believes would prosper with some financial help.
Deadlines for applications
Exceptional Contribution Award: 14 April 2017
Special Access Funding:
Applications can be made at any time but if you want your application to be considered at the next grant committee the deadline is 14 April 2017.
If you are currently at university and wish to be considered for an educational grant for this academic year you must apply before 14 April 2017.
If your educational course starts in 2017 the deadline for applications is 31 August 2017.
Sporting and Artistic Applications:
Applications can be made at any time. If you want your application to be considered next year, the deadline is 31 August 2017.
The EWS Educational Trust wishes a very happy Christmas and a successful New Year to everyone with links to the UK’s rail freight industry
Encouraging talent – unlocking potential
EWS Educational Trust, the independent charity that helps people achieve their personal developmental goals, has today unveiled its new, user friendly website: www.ewset.co.uk.
Having asked for the thoughts of those who have submitted applications in the past, the Trust has smoothed the technical process of applying for grants through the site, which has a new look in addition to being easier to use.
The Trust has improved the application process so it is now easier, for example, to upload files and for applicants to see how much progress they have made.
Another key change is that applicants can leave their application at any point and return to that point sometime later.
Marion Esfandiari, the Trust’s administrator, said the Trust had listened to those who found the original website a bit of a challenge. “The Trust is all about helping people, so we felt it absolutely the right thing to do to improve our own processes.”