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Rehabilitation Through Higher Education

The Longford Trust awards scholarships to young serving and ex-prisoners to go to university to continue their rehabilitation. They consist of financial support, the provision of a trained mentor, and the support, around graduation, of our Employability project. Longford Scholars study at all UK universities across the full range of subjects. Our Patrick Pakenham Awards are specifically for those reading Law and our Nat Billington Scholarships for those doing Computer Science. The Frank Awards are for serving prisoners wanting to undertake Open University modules but unable to pay the fees.

Life-changing support

What Are They?

Our scholarships (except Frank Awards) last for the duration of a degree course and can be up to £5,000 per annum, though most awards are in the range of £1500 to £3000 each year, paid in termly instalments. Your mentor is there for support in academic, personal and career-related matters.

Past scholars at our 2018 lecture

Open Universities

In the past decade, Longford Scholars have attended the following universities: Bristol, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Cardiff Met, East Anglia, Edinburgh Napier, Goldsmiths, Kent, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, LSE, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Portsmouth, Sussex, Westminster, York and more…


  • Financial support to go on to university
  • Work one-to-one with a trained mentor
  • Help in finding post-graduate jobs
  • Specialist awards for Law, Computer Science and OU students

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