I want to give youngsters a boost, says philanthropist called to the bar
20 October, 2017 — By Joe Cooper
A BARRISTER-TURNED-PUB owner is launching a scholarship programme to give a boost to young people who want to make the world a better place.
David Lonsdale credits much of his success to his pioneering grandmother, eminent scientist Kathleen Lonsdale. She played a fundamental role in establishing the science of crystallography and achieved several important firsts during her scientific career.
She came from a poor Irish family but was awarded a scholarship to university in London when she was 16.
A socialist and Quaker, she spent time in Holloway Prison after refusing to register for civil defence duties.
“If it wasn’t for the sequence of events which led to my grandmother receiving the scholarship then my family would not be in the position it is today,” Mr Lonsdale said.
To celebrate the reopening of the Sekforde Arms in Clerkenwell in December, Mr Lonsdale has created five £10,000 scholarships for young Islington people.
The selection criteria are based on academic or other excellence, financial need and the commitment and ability to improve the environment and/or create a more just society.
Applicants must either live in the borough, be enrolled at a college within the borough or be studying at University College London.