Black Cultural Archives announces the “Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship”

Black Cultural Archives is proud to announce the “Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship” – an Annual Scholarship for young Black Asian Minority Ethnics (BAME) future leaders to pursue their education in the UK.

Following the recent launch of the “Black Cultural Archives in the City” Diversity Initiative in October 2015, in partnership with our esteemed Vice-Chair, Miranda Brawn we are announcing the launch of the “Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship”. An annual Scholarship providing funding and guidance for our next generation of young Black Asian Minority Ethnics (BAME) leaders to successfully pursue their education.

The Scholarship is part of an on-going diversity effort to help close the race (and gender) diversity gap in the UK workplace. This new initiative will help to strengthen cross-cultural education and understanding through collaborative social and philanthropic projects.

Through this new scholarship, the following will be awarded to student(s) between the ages of 14-21 years old, from an Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background:

  • An amount up to £1,000.00 (dependent upon available funds).
  • One-to-One Mentoring session with Miranda Brawn.
  • CV advice and Work experience.
  • VIP access to the “Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture” which will be held during UK’s Black History Month.

Recipients of the Scholarship will be chosen annually based on their exemplary academic performance and demonstrable interest in diversity. The application process will open in February 2016 with further details on our website. The deadline date for the selection process is 2nd September 2016. The “Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship” Committee will choose the finalists who will be invited for an interview in September 2016. The first Scholarship will be awarded in October 2016 during the “Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture”.

To be eligible for the “Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship” a student must:

  • Be attending school, college or university in the UK on a full-time basis.
  • Proven academic excellence.
  • Submit 100 words on the following theme: “What does Diversity mean to Me.” This is an opportunity to share your experience and/or ideas on diversity.
  • Have an Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background aged between 14-21 years.

“I want to continue to be a vocal champion of diversity and equality in business. This is both professional and personal for me. As a leader in the business field, I have a front row seat to the huge opportunity that exists today. It is important for me to continue to inspire and empower future leaders to know they can win without compromising who they are at their core.

I am grateful to the Black Cultural Archives for helping to open the door for these bright and talented young students. The Black Cultural Archives has given me a platform to inspire change, and I am using it – for my colleagues, family, friends and the generations of Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) leaders to come.

I will be also creating a process for the recipient to share resources, experiences and advice via my Mentoring Programme to hopefully speed up the success process for the next generation. This is my pledge to help students from Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds become future leaders in Business while supporting race equality.”

Britain is diverse and this diversity is a strength of British society. Here we champion the race and gender equality and contribute to Britain’s cultural heritage landscape. This Scholarship will strive to make education key for progress and success. Young leaders from any Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) background will be provided with an incentive and opportunity to help prepare themselves for a successful career. A focus on diversity and leadership can be transformative and help increase race and gender diversity in many sectors.” Miranda K. Brawn, Black Cultural Archives

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