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Central School of Speech and Drama launches £120,000 of scholarships and bursaries

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The Central School of Speech and Drama is to allocate £120,000 for scholarships and bursaries in the next academic year.

As well as bursaries made available as fee-waivers for undergraduate students, the school is creating more than 40 new scholarships for its masters programmes. While the undergraduate bursaries will be used to support students facing financial difficulties, the masters scholarships are to be awarded on merit.

The scholarship programme will be funded by a mixture of private and public donations. Private donors are being encouraged to give to the school through the Pivot Club, a members group founded by Laurence Olivier and Peggy Ashcroft and re-launched earlier this autumn.

CSSD principal Gavin Henderson said: “Our aim is to ensure that Central is an elite, but not an elitist institution, and we are appealing to our friends, alumni and stakeholders to help ensure that.

“Gifts will support a mix of recruitment and retention goals, including rewarding excellence as well as recognising financial need.”

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