What makes Ignota different?
Our founders strategically structured Ignota Foundation to operate unlike a typical scholarship program. Rather than using a standard application process to award candidates, the Foundation confidentially selects underprivileged pupils from nominated partner schools and provides anonymous funding for their university education. Recipients are not necessarily the highest achievers among their peers, but each and every one of them is hardworking and deserving. Many are the first in their family to pursue higher education, which is more life-changing than any First they could earn at university.
Our schools play a critical role in the selection process. The headmaster and sixth form teacher work hand-in-hand with the Foundation to select an Ignota scholar and, once chosen, the school — not the Foundation — delivers the scholarship news to the student. The very idea that we put so much in the hands of the schools hopefully empowers and inspires them to remain comitted to the student beyond the doors of the school.
Furthermore, an Ignota scholarship is not a simple hand-out. Ignota aims to combat the apathy towards higher education that is prevalent among many young people today by empowering and inspiring them to determine their own future. Therefore, funding is contingent on recipients meeting their own academic goals that they have personally set as well as taking on a portion of the financial responsibility themselves. This allows recipients to take ownership of their achievements alongside our support without feeling beholden to a donor.