Lionel White scholarship

Lionel White Scholarship

The Lionel White Scholarship award provides financial support for young people from the Aberystwyth area wishing to travel abroad for humanitarian and experience-widening purposes.
The fund was created with a capital gift from Past President Lionel White, following his death some years ago.. The interest from this capital fund, plus weekly income from the clubs’ lunchtime raffle usually provides sufficient income to fund this award. (and also supports a Rotary Young Leadership Award (RYLA) participant).
Anyone up to and including the age of 23 on the 31st of January 2019 with a permanent address in Aberystwyth (or its immediate catchment area) may apply. Applications are invited from school, college and university students, although it must be emphasised that an Aberystwyth student address does not meet the qualifying criteria.
There must be a clear-cut purpose for the overseas visit which could include:
working on a short-term humanitarian project in health, housing and educational fields
participation in officially-sponsored work programmes (e.g Operation Raleigh and the British Schools Exploration Society)
representing the local area in worldwide events (e.g Scout and Guide Jamborees)
other projects as appropriate
This list is by no means exhaustive and other possibilities will be considered.

There is no application form. Anyone interested is invited to submit a written application which should include a Curriculum Vitae and full details of the purpose of the visit and how the candidate personally expects to benefit from the experience. If the proposed visit is organised by a humanitarian or charitable organisation, any supporting literature provided by the organisation and the project should be included with the application. Applications for 2018 are now closed.
Applicants for the next awards which will take place in the summer of 2019 should be made to Rotarian Alan Axford, by letter to Nant-y-Benglog Isaf, Capel Seion, Aberystwyth, SY23 3EE, or by  email to by 31st January 2019

Previous successful applicants
2012               Ella Fletcher – Zambia

2013               Conor Berner – Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
2013                Peter Johnson – Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
2014               Ceridwen Lewis – Bangladesh
2015               Tesni Clare – Costa Rica
2016                Hannah Glasser – Madagascar
2017                Ffion Edwards – Uganda,
2017                Rowena Dennison – Panama

2018                Francesca Reyers – plans a 5 week placement with”SLV Global” in Sri Lanka to experience mental
                         health provision and teach English
2018                Angharad Lewis – plans a 3 week placement with “Work the World” in Dar es Salam where she will
                         experience work in a hospital in a rural village
2018                Rachel Donnison – plans a 4 week visit to the Fiji Islands with “Think Pacific” to teach English and
                         coach young athletes in sport

2017 Ffion Edwards – Uganda
Ffion completed a three week placement working with the East African Playgrounds charity helping build a children’s playground in Uganda. In doing so, she not only learned valuable building techniques such as mixing concrete, planning wood and cleaning tiles, but also worked with teachers and schoolchildren to maximise the impact of the playground on the local community. The construction period itself aroused much curiosity amongst local children and it was a major event for the town when the playground was eventually opened.  She especially enjoyed teaching the children playground games from Wales and being able to participate in theirs. The charity prides itself on its ongoing relationship with its partner communities to ensure high standards and continuity of use for the benefit of the children in very deprived areas.

2016 Hannah Glasser – Madagascar.
Hannah described Madagascar as a very poor country of 24 million people, 70% of whom have an income of less than $1 per day, and has an adult literacy rate of only 60%.
She spent several weeks teaching at a local school in the remote north west of the country. Facilities there were very basic indeed but the children and adults she taught there were enthusiastic and eager to learn, despite the occasional knee-high water in the classroom after a major storm. The community was extremely welcoming to the team of volunteers working there and largely self-sufficient in food, particularly so as the nearest village was a 40 minute walk away over rough tracks only passable at low tide. The closest town as we would recognise it was several hours away by boat.
Part of her time there involved undertaking environmental surveys of amphibian and reptile species in the forests and comparative studies of lemur behaviour in protected areas and the wild. The data collected was input each day as part of a major ongoing research project on the island.In between times, she managed some wonderful trips to exotic and beautiful locations on the island and made some friends for life from many different countries.

 2015 Tesni Claire – Costa Rica
Tesni worked on a conservation project in Costa Rica , Central  America . The country has one of the most progressive environmental  policies in the  world  where 25% of the country’s area is  in protected National Parks one of which is Corcovado renowned for its biodiversity
Tesni’s main task was to survey the wild life in some of the parks which meant an early start particularly to study the bird population –the scarlet macaw and the keel-billed toucan are particularly exotic.
Another early morning task was to record the species types and activities of primates. There are four species of monkey including the endangered spider monkey. These primates also face threats for example from the black market pet trade.
Tesni also took part in patrols of the olive and green turtle, the latter is becoming endangered. The threats here are removal of eggs from their nests, poaching and ingestion of  plastic litter. Turtles travel up to 2,000km from their nest to their feeding sites but always return to the same place to lay eggs which can number a hundred a night. To curb population decline, turtle hatcheries have been established.

2014 Ceridwen Lewis – Bangladesh
Ceridwen spent three months working on community projects in Rangpur, Bangladesh with Polli Sree, a Human and women’s rights campaign, A small country, but the world’s eighth most populous with 180 million, it is flooded for 80% of the time. Ceridwen lived with a host family and got used to curried meals three times daily. Traditional dress was adopted with a sarong on celebration days and some Bengali was learnt. She also did some protesting on behalf of women particularly for the very poor and low caste Hindi.

For the remaining three months in Edinburgh she volunteered with Stepping Stones, a charity that provides support for people with mental health problems. Her art background enabled her to set up art workshops as well as using a new skill – making curries.Ceridwen thanked the Club for their financial support, adding that she is using the experience gained as a Global Xchange volunteer working as a Refugee Support for the British Red Cross as a voluntary asylum case worker based in London.

2013 – Conor Berner & Peter Johnson – Ecuador and the Galapagos islands
Conor Berner from Talybont and Peter John from Rhydyfelin, both former Penglais School pupils went on a ten week visit to Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands and the Andes. The first three weeks were spent in Santa Domingo, Ecuador working on a reforestation project and building ecological toilets. Two new toilets were constructed with a bamboo frame and roofed with leaves. When the 6 metre hole was full after two years it provided compost. In their free time they played football with local tribe members or swam in the river which was the only washing provision. Tribe members showed off their traditional dress which included dying their hair red using crushed seeds.

In the Galapagos they worked for three weeks on a farm which included herding and milking the cows, clearing an area for a plant nursery and with machetes, removing invasive plants which threatened native species. The boys did their own cooking – because it came from mainland Ecuador, food was expensive though the Wednesday Pizzas were a treat.
In a town in the Andes they dug channels for pipe work for six hour stretches conveying water to houses. Time was also spent helping in the local school as well as learning some Spanish.

2012 Ella Fletcher – Zambia
Ella Fletcher, a sports science and geography student at Loughborough University spent six weeks in Zambia with the IDEALS project- International Development through Excellence and Leadership in Sport. Ella was one of sixteen students from seven UK universities supported by Sport in Action and Edusport , two NGOs whose purpose is to improve people’s quality of life through sport and recreational activities .
Ella specialized in netball, football and volley ball in six schools integrated with the message of HIV and AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, gender equality, and other health and life skills. The some regions of the country 70% of children have been diagnosed with HIV.








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