The John Banner Scholarship Fund

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The John Banner Scholarship Fund is a registered charity that strives for the: “PROVISION OF SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS, FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND PRIZES FOR COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, WITHIN THE EAST MIDLANDS, INTENT ON A CAREER IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY.” It covers Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and Nottinghamshire. John Banner was a Hotel and Catering lecturer at Southfields College (which is now Leicester College) and a Fellow of what was then the HCIMA. He left his legacy to the East Midlands to support the development and enrichment of students pursuing careers in the hotel and catering industry. The Hospitality Industry accounts for 1 in 14 of all UK jobs i.e. approx 2 million jobs. The public sector austerity measures will impact heavily on students enrolling on Hotel & Catering educational and training programmes in the coming years. Cuts in the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), and Adult Funding and Entitlement will mean that the support of the John Banner Scholarship Fund will become fundamentally important to enable students to complete their studies and fulfil their career ambitions.

Here are a few practical examples of ways in which the fund aims to help students, e.g.:

  • Support with student learning resources
  • Help with specific one off requests e.g specialist kit or equipment for individual students
  • Financial Assistance towards educational visits and industrial placements to aid gaining valuable experience,
  • Awards and trophies for students who show promise and determination in the face of personal difficulties
  • Financial support for competition work- World Skills, Olympia etc

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