Current Scholars

Meet our 2021 Scholars

Zaimal Azad

I’m Zaimal and I am passionate about bringing people together across difference. I work as Senior Campaigns Officer for The Fawcett Society, a charity campaigning for gender equality. My project will study the American experience of bridging divides and finding healing, focusing on three main themes: i) differences of identify, ii) differences of opinion, and iii) healing after prejudice based significant events.

Natalie Rudyj

My name is Natalie, and I am an Employment Support Advisor at The Bridges Community Trust, working with Nottingham residents to help them overcome barriers into employment, education, and training. Whilst visiting the USA, I will be exploring strategies used to support people into employment, with a focus on how services have adapted to work with the unemployed following the pandemic.


Meet our 2020 Scholars

Tom Cable Mayflower 2020 scholar
My name is Tom and I design and develop immersive learning days in primary schools across Nottinghamshire. I am ecstatic to be going to America to research the Mayflower in conjunction with Nottingham County Council’s Mayflower programme and to develop a new method to bring this unfamiliar story to life in classrooms across the county.

Meet our 2019 Scholars

Sam Preston
I’m Sam, currently working for Energy Services at Nottingham City Council on behaviour change, a critical component of Nottingham’s ambition to become the UK’s first carbon neutral city. My scholarship project explores the unfolding sustainability stories of US cities, with particular focus on citizen engagement, finding inspiration to weave into Nottinghamshire’s own green journey.

Henry Franklin
My name is Henry Franklin and I am a Research Engineer at the Manufacturing Technology Centre where I am delivering the Construction Innovation Hub, a National Centre created to drive innovation and collaboration in the UK Construction Sector. My project will investigate the modern methods of construction deployed in the States to increase the efficiency of construction projects. I shall visit construction sites, manufacturing facilities and research organisations to explore the latest innovations in the US construction sector.


Meet our 2018 Scholars

Ben Felstead
My name is Trekkah Benjamin, I am a Community Arts Practitioners and work for Nottinghamshire YMCA. I will be travelling across the USA exploring how the Creative Arts and Digital Medias are being used to impact not only participants’ artistic expression, but also their attitude and behaviour, community cohesion and wellbeing. My planned 6 week route is Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, El Paso, New Orleans, Nashville, Jacksonville, Atlanta and New York.

Tori Harrison
I’m Tori Harrison, a fundraiser for Framework Homelessness Charity and an individual passionate about social justice. By working with not-for-profits in America I hope to find the most effective strategies build relationships between charity and supporter and to encourage greater assistance for homeless people in Nottinghamshire.

Meet our 2017 Scholars

Angelena Efstathiou
I am passionate and over excitable conservationists who specialises in bat ecology and whilst in the USA I will be researching two subjects: i) How to increase community and youth engagement with wildlife and ii) understanding species re introduction programs. I am hoping to bring information back to Nottinghamshire that will benefit wildlife and people, to inspire more people to get involved in its protection for the future.

Gareth Morgan
I’m Gareth, a writer, theatre-maker and education specialist from Nottingham. I’ll mostly be travelling in the Southwest of the US looking at how primary school aged children learn English & develop a love of reading, with a particular interest to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds, or with English as a second language. This is why there are loads of books in the background.

Miles Waghorn
I’m Miles, I’m 24 and I’m an entrepreneur. As the world’s ageing population grows, huge numbers of older people will experience problems like dementia, loneliness and isolation. I’m an entrepreneur that believes technology holds the key to combating these problems and help seniors live a happier, healthier and more independent lifestyle.