A tribute to our Founding Chairman, Kevin Pakenham, who died suddenly on July 19, 2020 READ

Supporting You Through University

The Longford Scholarships were first awarded in 2004 and since then have supported more than 300 young serving and ex-prisoners with money and mentoring to go to university. Around 80 per cent graduate. The closing date for applications is June 5 for courses starting in or after September that academic year. Those doing a first degree are given priority but occasional awards are made for postgraduate work. You will get a decision by the end of June.


Listen to Lee on his scholarship

Who Qualifies?

If you have served a prison sentence within the past five years, have the right to remain in the UK, and have a provisional offer of a place at a UK university, you should go to our Application Form for detailed guidance on whether you qualify and how to fill in the form.


Justin on going to university

Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 is causing uncertainty and apprehension over university admissions for September 2020. If you’ve already applied to us for a scholarship, or are thinking of doing so, and are now worrying about how the current lack of clarity will impact on your application, why not email us on scholars@longfordtrust.org to arrange a time to talk it over.


  • Fill in application form on line
  • Paper copies available from PO Box 72887, London N2 2FG
  • Must have provisional offer of place
  • First degrees have priority
  • Two referees required
  • Explain your plans in a personal statement

Application Form