Former National Youth Theatre member George Rainsford has been awarded the Goldman Sachs International arts scholarship to support him in the final year of his three-year BA (Hons) professional acting course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Rainsford, who also completed a three-year drama course at Manchester University, received £5,000 from the investment bank, which has previously donated £15,000 to the student hardship fund at the school.
Said Rainsford: “Winning the scholarship will make all the difference to my final year as the increase in my acting commitments will greatly decrease my income from part-time ticket tearing activities.”
As well as supporting the schemes to alleviate the financial burden on students at LAMDA, Goldman Sachs International is also a corporate member of the academy’s Friends scheme, the LAMDA Angels. The bank’s executive director for cultural and social affairs Victoria Legge-Bourke said: “Goldman Sachs has had a close association with both visual and performing arts for a long time and we are keen to support projects of merit and excellence.
“LAMDA is among the very best drama schools in the world and we are proud to play an active role in nurturing exceptional young talent, such as George, at grassroots level.”