The Ridgway Scholarship was set up by Dr William Ridgway with the specific purpose of enhancing and promoting cultural and academic interaction between young scholars at Evansville and their counterparts in England. It is open to young people under the age of 25 years, with preference being given to British university or college graduates, or those currently studying, or about to study at, a British university or college.
Though open to young people across Britain, preference will be given to those who normally reside in the county of Lincolnshire.
The successful scholar will study full-time at the University of Evansville in Indiana, live in university accommodation and play a full and active part in the life of the University. They will also be expected to raise the profile of the Ridgway Scholarship and to promote Harlaxton as a unique study abroad opportunity for Evansville students.
The Ridgway Scholarship pays one international return air fare, all tuition costs, and room and board accommodation for a year of study at the University of Evansville. As a major international scholarship, the grant offsets educational costs of more than $45,000.
Dr. William Ridgway was a trustee of the University of Evansville, whose ancestors came from the East Midlands region of England. He purchased Harlaxton Manor in 1978, which was leased by the University of Evansville at the time and gave it outright to the University in 1986. Harlaxton College has been at the Manor, providing education abroad opportunities since 1971.
Further information about the Scholarship, including an application form, can be found online.
The closing date for applications for the 2023-2024 Scholarship is Monday February 13, 2023.
Ridgway Scholar 2019 - 2020
Catherine Snodgrass, Ridgway Scholar for 2019 - 2020, was selected through a competitive application and interview process which resulted in her selection to study for a year at the University of Evansville. The interview panel, which was drawn from members of the College and the Harlaxton Advisory Council, commented that on the standard of applications received for the 2019-2020 Scholarship which had been exceptionally high.
Catherine, who lives near Peterborough, attended New College, Stamford, where she studied for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services. She enjoys volunteering and helping people and aspires to be a nurse. Work study experience in a hospital whilst at New College reinforced Catherine's aspiration to be a nurse and strengthened her commitment to making a difference to the lives of people she works with.
Catherine is active in several sports, including hockey and netball, and has represented New College in cross country at both regional and national level.
In March 2019 Catherine went on a volunteering trip to Morocco. Arranged by New College she worked with schools, orphanages and homeless people, experiencing their culture and teaching them different activities. It was important for Catherine that whilst teaching the people she worked with, she was also learning new things herself; an outlook that will ensure she makes full use of her year at Evansville.
Sadly, the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic in spring 2020 cut short Catherine’s year in Evansville and it is only now that the College is again able to offer the Ridgway Scholarship.
Previous Ridgway Scholars
Catherine will be following in the footsteps of Ynys Barnard Masterson (2018-2019) whose home is in London and who attended Christ's Hospital school in Sussex before moving to Mossbourne Community Academy for her sixth form studies, Joel Beardmore (2017-2018) and Sam Lee (2016-2017) both of whom attended The Kings School in Grantham, Lydia Taylor (2015-16) who comes from Stamford and attended Oakham School where she was an award holder for both Music and Drama, and Philip Tombs (2014-15), who took a gap year from his studies at the University of Bath in order to spend a year in Evansville.
Many previous Ridgway Scholars keep in contact with the College and here you can read some recollections by the very first Ridgway Scholar, Sarah Wilson (1982-83). More recent scholars have written blogs or created videos about their Evansville experience and links to these are shown below.