Shrewsbury School

New scholarship launched in memory of former pupil

Thursday 19 July 2012

A new Scholarship Award has been launched in memory of former pupil Alex Wilson (Rb 2003-2008), who died in a tragic accident three years ago, aged just 19.

The Alex Wilson Scholarship aims to give a boy from one of the local maintained schools, the chance to benefit from our educational and sporting facilities in the Sixth Form.  The award goes live in September 2013, with interested candidates taking part in our Sixth Form assessment weekend the previous November.

The award has been set up thanks to the fund raising efforts of the family and friends of Alex. His brother, Henry, has been the driving force behind the initiative, together with his parents.

“Alex attended Shrewsbury between 2003 and 2008 and he flourished both in the classroom and on the sports field, representing the school at football, cricket and rugby and going on to a top university,” said Henry.

“In Alex's short life, school was where he spent his happiest days, so I thought that this would be good place to start in terms of a memorial. This is a great opportunity offering a boy those opportunities that Alex had and took, and as a result achieved what he did in a very short space of time.

“This scholarship, which goes live in September 2013, will be offered to a 'Shropshire lad' who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford the school fees. This will give another boy the chance to build a really strong foundation for future success and will mean that Alex’s legacy lives on.”

Candidates should be state educated with three A and three B grades at GCSE and should be able to attain first team standard of two sports, preferably football, rugby or cricket, and to excel in one of these.  Further details of this and our other scholarship awards are on our Scholarships and Bursaries webpage.

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