PRESS RELEASE: THE MIRANDA BRAWN DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION LAUNCHES LGBT/BAME SCHOLARSHIP IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MOSAIC LGBT YOUTH CENTRE

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership (MBDL) Foundation are pleased to announce that our annual application process has opened for The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship for Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre 2017. 

Running in over 60 cities in Britain, the Scholarship will help the next generation of BAME future leaders build and lead successful, growing and dynamic careers.

Scholarship Sectors: The MBDL Foundation will award six (6) scholarships to extraordinary BAME young leaders. The sectors are:

·         Law

·         Business & Finance

·         Multi-Sector (covering all industries such as STEM, Politics, Media etc.)

·         The Prince’s Trust (different application form/criteria is used)

·         Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre (different application form/criteria is used)

·         Lambeth Council

Scholarship Program Eligibility and Benefits: 

To be eligible to apply applicants must:

o    Be between the ages of 14-21 years

o    Be from a Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority Background (BAME)

o    Be in attendance at a school, college or university in the UK on a full-time basis

o    Good academic performance

o    Have an interest in diversity

o    Be available to accept the Scholarship on 21st October 2017 in London.

Scholarship Package:

o    An amount up to £1,000

o    Tailored work experience

o    Mentoring with CV Advice

o    VIP access to The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture.

All those who match the criteria are encouraged to apply and forward the opportunity to eligible friends, family and colleagues.

Application Form: There is a new application form to allow for more information which can be located via Scholarship Application Form.

Please note that the Prince’s Trust scholarship has a different application form and criteria via PTX.MBDL Scholarship Application Form – Prince%27s Trust.

Please note that the Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre scholarship has a different application form and criteria via MBDL Scholarship Application Form – Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre (1).

Please email info@mirandabrawn.com with any questions. It is important to include the “Applicant Name” and “Scholarship Application” in the email subject line for both questions and when submitting your application form.

Selection and Notification of Applicant Status: Consistent with last year, application materials will be reviewed by our judging panel who volunteer to serve on a dedicated Selection Committee. The winning applicants will be notified during The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture.

Judging Panel 2017:  The esteemed judging panel for 2017 are some of the most influential people in Britain who are passionate about diversity and leaders at the top of their profession (in alphabetical order):

·         Afua Hirsch (Barrister, Journalist and SKY TV Presenter)

·         Amanda Illing (Chief Executive, Hardwicke)

·         Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, FRAM, FTCL (Founder, Artistic & Executive Director Chineke)

·         Darren Allaway (Managing Director at UBS Wealth Management)

·         Heather Melville (Director at Royal Bank of Scotland plc)

·         Cllr Jacqui Dwyer MBE (Local Councillor in Lambeth)

·         James De Sausmarez (Director and Head of Investment Trusts at Henderson Global Investors and Common Councilman for Candlewick Ward, City of London)

·         Jo Sidhu QC (Barrister at  25 Bedford Row)

·         Katherine Galliano (Director, People and Culture at Vision Fund International)

·         Dr Mohammed Hashi (Founder of  Brixton Soup Kitchen, chair at Pan-London Stop and Search Community Monitoring Network)

·         Mohan Yogendran (Director at Rockpools)

·         Nathaniel Crowley (Lawyer at White & Case)

·         Nicholas Cheffings (Global Chair at Hogan Lovells)

·         Pauline Miller (Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Lloyd’s of London)

·         Paul Sesay (Founder of National Diversity Awards)

·         Patrick Vernon OBE (Founder of Every Generation Media and Chair of The Labour Party’s Race Equality Advisory Group)

·         Russell Knight (Senior Head of Outreach, Assessment and Outcomes for South Region of the UK at The Prince’s Trust)

·         Sarah Blomfield (Managing Director at Rothschilds)

·         Simon Dowson-Collins (General Counsel at Harper Collins)

·         Suki Sandhu (CEO of Audeliss & Founder of OUTstanding)

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture: The Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture aims to raise the awareness of diversity and equality with the next generation of BAME future leaders. It will also celebrate some of the excellent and inspiring achievements of our next generation of BAME leaders from across the UK. Britain’s best BAME future talent will come together for an inspiring event while learning more about the creation of a more diverse and inclusive workplace to enable future success.

This lecture made UK history in 2016 followed by winning an award from the UK Prime Minister and personal praise by HRH The Prince of Wales for diversity work across the UK.  The scholarships are awarded during the The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture.

The 2017 agenda will include:

o    Keynote address by Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE.

o    The Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture will be delivered by Miranda Brawn.

o    Panel discussion with some of the best leaders in the country.

o    Scholarship winners for 2016 will each deliver a talk.

o    Closing Address by our Patron Dame Fiona Woolf DBE.

Venue: This will be held on the 21 October 2017 at The University of Law, London.

Sponsors and supporters: The MBDL scholarship program is  sponsored by Hogan Lovells and others. The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture is hosted and sponsored by The University of Law. This initiative has attracted a growing list of top employers who support this such as 25 Bedford Row, We Are The City, The Link App, JHPR, Chineke, Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Lambeth Council, Henderson Global Investors, Vision Fund International, Rockpools, Lloyd’s of London, Audeliss, OUTstanding, Rothchilds, National Diversity Awards and Hardwicke.

Miranda Brawn, Founder of the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation said: “This initiative has recognised and encouraged our next generation of BAME diversity leaders while providing them with the right support in their quest for future success.”

Testimonials from the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship 2016 Winners: 

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation has been a blessing. As a scholar, I’ve been able to attend the inaugural Diversity Leadership lecture, to buy books for my degree and, above all, I’ve benefitted from the wonderful mentoring of Miranda Brawn.  

Miranda has taken an active and genuine interest in my development this year as a next generation diversity leader. She has helped me to secure enjoyable work experience, and has kindly supported my student society – the Oxford University African Caribbean Society – in establishing our Women’s Network and being a speaker at our inaugural event. I’m so happy to have had Miranda Brawn alongside me this year, and I’d encourage you to get involved too.” – Mobeen Salih, University of Oxford, Chair of ACS Society and The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship 2016 Winner

It has been an absolute honour and blessing to be part of the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship’s inaugural cohort, and I am grateful to Miranda and her team for their work. The Foundation, the scholarship programme, the annual Diversity Leadership lecture and what they each stand for are wonderful and resonate with me given my heart for increased diversity and representation in academic and professional environments. However, by far the best part for me in the whole process has been the wonderful counselling and mentorship provided by Miranda herself. 

To have such direct, one-to-one access to someone with such incredible expertise, a stunning repertoire and a stellar track record for success is an honour and a privilege for which I will ever be grateful. But more than that, Miranda has become a friend, and that, for me, is priceless. Miranda has the incredible capacity to see where you are now, in terms of your personal and professional development, and encourage you there, and simultaneously see your potential and where you could and can be given the right investment and strategies, and to nurture you to that point. To anyone thinking of applying, this is a priceless opportunity.– Imani Jeffers, University of Cambridge and The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship 2016 Winner.

The 2017 Scholarship Applications Accepted 29 March – 29 June

Key Dates

29 March 2017 – Scholarship application process will open.

29 June 2017 – Scholarship application process will close at 11.59PM GMT.

7 August 2017 – Judging finalised.

21 September 2017 – Attendees confirmed for The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture.

21 October 2017 – Scholarship Winners awarded at The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture.

To apply for The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship please visit www.mirandabrawn.com for the www.mirandabrawn.com/diversity-leadership-foundation-scholarship/ page to retrieve further details. 

ABOUT

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership (MBDL) Foundation, an award winning non-profit organisation founded by UK diversity leader Miranda Brawn, aims to provide the next generation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnics (BAME) future leaders with incentives and opportunities while increasing all forms of diversity and equality especially race.  The MBDL Foundation offers scholarships, diversity leadership lectures, mentoring programmes and access to top diverse talent. Our Patrons are Dame Fiona Woolf DBE and Dame Jocelyn Barrow DBE. For more information visit www.mirandabrawn.com/diversity-leadership-foundation-scholarship/

Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre, a London-based registered non-profit organisation, which is specifically designed for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people, as well of those who are questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity, aged thirteen to nineteen. We have three central aims – to support, educate, and inspire our young person. http://mosaicyouth.org.uk/. The Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre has partnered with The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation from since April 2017 to provide scholarships to young person from a LGBT and Black, Asian and minority ethnic background to become a next generation leader and future success.

The Prince’s Trust, believe that every young person should have the chance to succeed. We help 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives. Many of the young people we help are in, or leaving, care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law.

The Trust has returned £1.4 billion in value to society through our help for disadvantaged young people over the last ten years alone. It all began in 1976, when HRH The Prince of Wales had a bold idea. Having completed his duty in the Royal Navy, His Royal Highness became dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK. He founded His Trust to deliver on that commitment. The Prince’s Trust has partnered with The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation from since January 2016 to provide scholarships to young person from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background to become a next generation leader and future success. https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/