Two shining Norfolk stars have been selected for a scholarship uniquely aimed at leadership and mentoring.
Mollie Speed of Ormiston Venture Academy and Lucia Gamble of Aylsham High School are the first-ever recipients of the Nelson Scholarship, an award for fully-funded entry into Sixth Form at Langley School. They succeeded after an arduous application and selection process modelled on a Graduate Training day.
Based upon kindness, curiosity, confidence and integrity – Langley’s values – the Sixth Form scholarship will provide Mollie and Lucia with close links to Norfolk peer mentoring and social impact business, Nelsonspirit, and founder Nigel Cushion, who nurtures future leaders.
Planning to study English Literature, History, Geography and a psychology-based EPQ, Mollie aims to become a lawyer, with a particular interest in Human Rights Law. She comments, “For me, this Scholarship is going to provide the education and opportunities that are going to get me further in life than I ever dreamed of. I believe that it is an investment into my future that I will be forever grateful of and will use to its full potential in my upcoming education and career.
“The young leadership mentoring from Nigel Cushion is a fantastic and unique opportunity and I feel that it will change my life forever, so I cannot wait to get started with Langley and Nelsonspirit.”
Lucia has a passion for Business Studies and is looking for a career in the future running her own business. She is looking forward to immersing herself into Langley life. Lucia says “I am excited to explore the phenomenal range of opportunities and co-curricular activities available to all students at Langley. I cannot wait to try new things which are out of my comfort zone, as well as take part in things which I already love. I feel incredibly lucky to know that I will have close links with Nigel Cushion through Nelsonspirit. His mentoring and support will really help me to develop my business interests as well as my own personal leadership skills.”
Two Nelson Fellows were also announced as Jacob Eke of Framingham Earl High School and Zoe Hubbard of Langley School, who will both receive financial support for their learning, as well as mentoring from Nelsonspirit during the next two years.
Langley School will open applications for the next Nelson Scholarship in September 2022.