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HMC Bulkeley-Evans Awards

Philippa Scudds

We are delighted for two enterprising Canford Upper Sixth leavers who have been offered Bulkeley-Evans Awards by HMC to assist with their gap year projects overseas.

Jack Salmon and Sabina Culley plan to work in schools in Nepal and India respectively, helping children to develop their English.   Both were inspired following their Canford Partnership trips last summer, which are annual visits by Lower Sixth Canfordians to orphanages and communities in Argentina, India and Ghana.  Pupils fund raise for the trips with the money going directly to those living there.

The Bulkeley-Evans fund originated in 1952 from a bequest from a previous Secretary of HMC, W. A. Bulkeley-Evans.  The original scheme laid down that grants were to be made to suitable boys in HMC schools going to Commonwealth universities and expanded in 1987 to offer funding for pupils going on gap year projects between school and university.

Since their successful applications, Covid-19 has left both pupils uncertain about how much they will be able to achieve, but both are hoping to be able to travel at some stage in the next year to fulfil their dreams of supporting children and helping them develop their language skills. 

Sabina said:

“My plan was to go to India at the end of August to volunteer teaching English at a school there.  I hope to be working alongside other volunteers who have come in groups or on their own and afterward go travelling and hopefully find further voluntary projects to experience and make a difference.

In these uncertain times, I was very happy to learn I had won this award and it encouraged me to go ahead with my plans and also take part in a TEFL course online.  It has made me look forwards for what there is to come rather than stand back not knowing what will happen.   Thank you to HMC for offering me this amazing opportunity.”

Jack is equally excited and grateful to HMC for the award:

“I was lucky enough to have an incredible time on the Canford Partnership trip to India and this inspired me to look at possibilities for teaching in Nepal during my GAP year. I have always wanted to visit the Himalayas and this is an extraordinary opportunity to become involved with a thriving community educating young people close to the Annapurna range.   I hope to work at The Gandaki Boarding School which has a number of boarders on bursaries and scholarships from poor villages all over Nepal.  It provides children with an education which is far broader than they could possibly receive in their villages and gives them the opportunity to study English GCSEs and A levels in the English language. This is a life changing chance for the children and I hope I will be able to make a difference by sharing the education I have been very fortunate to benefit from myself.”

Find out more about the Canford Partnership projects

For more information about the HMC Bulkeley-Evans Awards, please visit