Lomond School offers new scholarships for Highlands and Islands

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Marking its 40th anniversary, Lomond School has launched 40 new day and boarding scholarships to widen access to talented youngsters – 10 of which have been specially reserved for the West Highlands and Western Isles.

The means-tested scholarships will be offered to young people who excel academically, musically, in the creative arts or in sport. Also available is a special ‘all-rounder’ award in memory of the school’s founder and first principal, David Arthur, who died in December.

Mr Arthur, who was principal for almost 10 years, successfully merged St Bride’s School for Girls and the boys’ Larchfield Academy in in 1977 and played an important role in the school’s 40th anniversary celebrations of last year.

With a possible reduction of up to 50 per cent of school and boarding fees, pupils aged from nine to 18 are invited to apply by the deadline of March 29.

In response to demand, Lomond School will also be introducing transport from August 2019 which will make it easier for those families living in the West Highlands or Western Isles to access the school’s weekly boarding option.

Academic scholarships will be awarded to candidates who perform strongly either in a specific subject or across all areas. The creative arts awards will celebrate young people with a gift for creative writing, art, photography or drama whilst the music scholarship will be awarded to those with talent in one or more instruments.

Sporting candidates recognised for skills within one key field or across multiple disciplines will be encouraged to become involved in Lomond’s thriving team sports. And with sailing, skiing, canoeing and climbing within easy reach and embedded into the school curriculum, there are many opportunities to excel in new sports too.

As a tribute to Mr Arthur, who made such a significant impact on the school, local community and national charities, the ‘all-rounder’ scholarship will be bestowed on a candidate who will contribute to the life of the school in a range of ways.

Johanna Urquhart, principal of Lomond School, said: ‘As we celebrate the past 40 years of our school and look forward to the future, we are conscious of a desire to offer places to many more young people who may not ordinarily have the opportunity to attend Lomond School.

‘These 40 new scholarships will do just that, and we are very excited to welcome talented young people from all backgrounds to our Lomond School family.

‘Looking forward to the next 40 years, we must also reflect on our past and our traditions and an important part of that is the legacy of David Arthur. The all-rounder scholarship will be a lovely way to celebrate his commitment to the school.’

Mr Arthur’s daughter, Seonaid Brown, added: ‘As a family, we are tremendously proud of what our father achieved in his life, especially his legacy and the ethos he left at Lomond School. To have this scholarship in his name, is a great honour to him and I know he would have felt very proud but also very humbled by it.’

For more information and to apply for one of the new scholarship places, visit https://www.lomondschool.com/admissions/scholarships/