Stephen Lawrence bursary winners start university

Stephen Lawrence bursary winners start university

Samuel Perry from Dulwich and Vanisha Mistry from Harrow are the first two winners of the inaugural bursary scheme to allow young people to train as landscape architects. Samuel is studying at Kingston University and Vanisha at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Sue Illman CMLI, president elect of the Landscape Institute, said: “Landscape architecture is a very rewarding career and through our link with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust we want to make it one which more people think about when planning their future.”

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust was created in memory of Stephen Lawrence, a teenage victim of a racial attack in south London who had ambitions to become an architect. It aims to increase diversity in the architecture industry, and to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, especially ethnic minorities, to consider careers in architecture and the built environment. Since its conception, the Trust has sent British inner city students to study at Harvard and in Shanghai, as part of the Architecture for Everyone campaign in partnership with architectural firm RMJM.

Samuel Perry said: “It is a great feeling to be a part of something positive. For me the energy and commitment that drives the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is inspiring. I would really like to thank the Landscape Institute for supporting me through the SLCT.”

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