November 2018 marked the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Over one hundred years ago, almost three hundred Shebbearians enlisted to fight in the First World War. By the end of the war, forty eight Old Shebbearians had lost their lives and many more were to bear the physical and mental scars of the horrors of war for the rest of their days. Over ninety years ago, in 1924, Shebbearians came together to honour the memory of these sacrifices by founding a Scholarship Fund (“The Fund”).
The Scholarship Fund is a charitable trust, administered by five Old Shebbearians who act as trustees, which continues to uphold the memory of those who died in both World Wars. Recognising the huge difference that a Shebbear education can bring, the Fund’s purpose is now to provide substantial means-tested scholarships to talented and deserving young people who, because of their family circumstances, would not have the opportunity to attend or stay on at Shebbear College. The Headmaster makes an annual recommendation to the Trustees of which pupils, or prospective pupils, should receive the Fund’s support.
All recipients of scholarships in recent years have contributed greatly to school life, both academically and through their participation in the other activities the school offers – thus enhancing the strength, talent and diversity of the school.
To provide this financial support the Fund generates income from a portfolio of investments, and also relies on the ongoing generosity of many Old Shebbearians who make regular donations to the Fund. In order to increase the Fund’s ability to make a positive impact on the lives of deserving young people by enabling more of them to attend Shebbear in their 6th form years, the Trustees wish to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War by inviting more Old Shebbearians to make regular contributions to the Fund.
The majority of existing contributors make annual contributions of £60 to £200 per annum. Donors usually prefer to make payments by monthly or annual monthly standing order.
If you wish to contribute, please:
- Set up a monthly or annual standing order in favour of ‘The Old Shebbearians War Memorial Scholarship Fund’, Sort Code 30-92-32, Account number 00779213
- If you are a UK taxpayer download and print the attached Gift Aid form and return to Mark Creedy, Treasurer, OS Scholarship Fund c/o Elm Park, Broadhempston, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6BL.
Shebbearians gave generously back in 1924 in setting up the Fund and have continued to do so. The Trustees ask that, if you would like to make a real difference by giving a life changing opportunity to a young person and – importantly – to remember all those Old Shebbearians killed in both wars, you will consider making a contribution to the Fund.