Bedford Society Scholars are students funded by alumni and former staff members of Bedford College and ensure that the name and heritage of Bedford College is continued and celebrated.
Find out more about the 2020/21 Bedford Society Scholars below and the impact the scholarship has had on them. A list of previous Bedford Society Scholars is available here.
Jasmin, MSc Global Futures
"I completed my BSc Geography course at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, graduating in 2020 from a course and department I truly enjoyed being part of. This motivated me to continue my time at the College and join the brand new MSc Global Futures course with a focus on the Justice, Development and Sustainability strand, where I hope to use previous passion for modules related to the city, global warming, and my dissertation on peoples’ perceptions of hurricanes and how this can be used to better hurricane management in Florida, to bring an interesting perspective to discourses surrounding issues and questions our world faces.
"The Bedford Society Scholarship has allowed me to be more financially independent and secure - I am so grateful to the Bedfordians who have funded it. I hope to use this scholarship to help make some small difference in providing a brighter future for all. I am excited to be part of the Bedford Society and become part of a community which has always prioritised and applauded positive changes in the world."
Georgia, MSc Forensic Psychology
"I studied BSc Psychology at the University of the West of England, graduating in 2016 with first-class honours. I was awarded a first for my research on female eating disorders and perceived incompetence, presenting my findings at the BPS undergraduate conference and attained the Dean’s List for academic excellence. After graduating, I was inspired to work with individuals with mental health problems in a different culture and spent a month volunteering in Sri Lanka on various projects. I have since gone on to gain valuable experience working with male clients with mental health problems, intellectual disability and forensic histories in secure settings. I decided to study an MSc in Forensic Psychology as a result of these experiences. I aspire to conduct further research in the MSc in my forthcoming role as an Assistant Psychologist in a prison, working with females who have personality disorders.
"It is an honour to have received the Bedford Society Scholarship and I would like to thank the Bedfordians for supporting myself and others in this way. Receiving the scholarship has reduced financial burden and further encouraged me to thrive in my current and future studies. I am excited to be part of The Bedford Society; to join the community and gain valuable advice from the members whilst also contributing towards the network. My future plans are to pursue a clinical doctorate, with the aim to specialise in forensic mental health."
Claire, MA Holocaust Studies
"I completed my BA Honours Degree in history 5 years ago as a mature student and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I have always enjoyed researching and developing my knowledge, but completing the degree ignited a thirst for knowledge, which has not disappeared. After completing my degree I trained to become a History teacher in secondary education, which I have enjoyed, however I still want to develop and extend my knowledge, particularly in Holocaust studies. I hope that once I have finished the Masters that I can complete a PhD that focuses on society and organisation in displacement camps after WW2.
"The Bedford Society Scholarship has provided the next vital step to achieving this goal, which will demonstrate to my children and students that hard work and passion, whatever your age, can allow you achieve your dreams."
A Bedford Society Scholarship can be life-changing for students and we are enormously grateful to everyone who supports them. Find out more about supporting the Bedford Society Scholarships Fund.