The Eddie Byers Scholarship

The Eddie Byers Scholarship has been created in memory of our late chief executive to reach individuals for whom English language study will be transformative, changing their lives and their community for the better.

English is spoken by billions of people around the world. For many, learning English brings significant new opportunities in employment, education and travel – for many it is a life changing skill.

The Eddie Byers Scholarship provides funding to create English language learning opportunities that might not otherwise be available and that would be transformative for individuals and their communities, whether by enabling employment, education, integration or more.

Eddie strongly believed in the power of education to improve lives and thought a scholarship would also support the charitable purpose of our association. We have created this scholarship to pay tribute to Eddie and his passion for education, creating a lasting legacy in his name.

The scholarship is entirely funded by donations and we have been overwhelmed by your kind words and generosity, especially for our staff Three Peaks Challenge, and we are grateful for any contribution you can make.

  • Apply for Eddie Byers Scholarship funding (the 2018 round is now closed)
    Please note: funding is only available to UK registered charities

The application process

The second round of applications to the Eddie Byers Scholarship is now closed and is due to reopen in spring 2019. Find full details and terms and conditions in our information for applicants.

Who can apply?

The scholarship fund is open to applications from UK registered charities only. The applicant's services must be non-discriminatory and the proposed project must have English language teaching at its core.

How much can we apply for?

Funding worth up to £2,500 per project (at the discretion of the scholarship committee) will be available each year for an initial three years. A maximum of £10,000 will be available for scholarship awards each year for an initial three years.

How are applications assessed?

Applications will be assessed based on the information provided in the application form. We are looking for projects that will have a tangible, positive impact; that address significant need; focus on English language; and engage and benefit the wider community.