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 also purchased Harlaxton Manor in 1978, which was leased by the University of Evansville at the time, and gave it outright to the University. Harlaxton College 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 downloaded from this website:
Or requested from:
The College Secretary
Lincolnshire, NG32 1AG
Tel: +44 1476 403015
The closing date for applications for the 2019-2020 Scholarship is Monday 11 February 2019.
Ridgway Scholar 2018 - 2019
Ynys Barnard Masterson, Ridgway Scholar for 2018 - 2019, was selected through a competitive application and interview process which resulted in her selection in April 2018. The interview panel, which was drawn from members of the College and the Harlaxton Advisory Council, commented that though the number of applications had been fewer than in previous years the standard was exceptionally high.
Ynys, who lives in Hackney in London, attended Christ’s Hospital school in Sussex before moving to Mossbourne Community Academy for her sixth form studies. With a passion for Classical history and civilizations she has won her school’s Classics Award two years in a row. She is heavily involved in sport, playing cricket and netball amongst many other team sports, and also a dedicated young musician, studying guitar at the Guildhall School of Music Centre for Young Musicians. Whilst at Evansville she plans to become fully involved with music and theatre activities and take this opportunity to expand her world view and enhance her understanding and appreciation of American society and culture.
Previous Ridgway Scholars
Ynys will be following in the footsteps of 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, 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, and Shannon Knight (2013-14), who studied for her ‘A’ levels at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School.
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: