Travel scholarships are awarded to students who are attempting adventurous or worthwhile overseas travel. The scholarship can be used to fund a visit or travel that demonstrates a high level of independent organisation by the student.
The individual awards range from between £100-£500, but have been as high as £1,000. For further information, please contact the Principal, John Southworth. The deadline for students applying for a travel scholarship in 2015-2016 is 26th May 2017.
Here are some recent articles by recipients of travel scholarships which originally appeared in the college magazine, Imprint.
This summer I spent seven unforgettable weeks in the foothills of Nepal with Raleigh International, an experience of a lifetime.
Tanzania and Kenya
The MPW Travel Fund allowed me the opportunity to not only visit and volunteer at charity-funded health care centres in Kenya but to also fulfil a dream of climbing Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in Africa at 5895m!
At the beginning of February I fled rainy old England and jetted off to Sri Lanka to volunteer with a wild elephant conservation programme which aims to help calm the escalating issue of human-elephant conflict in the country.
Having won the MPW Travel Scholarship award, I was able to spend some of summer 2015 working with disadvantaged people from ethnic minority backgrounds through the charity Hands on Hong Kong.
In January 2015, British Exploring came to MPW, and the following month I signed up to go on the expedition of a lifetime over the summer. I received funding for my equipment from an MPW Travel Scholarship.
Switzerland and Slovakia
My grant from the MPW Travel Fund enabled me to make a horizon-expanding walking and mountaineering trip.
Via ferrata, Italian for iron road, is a type of mountaineering route which allows climbers to safely navigate dangerous terrain with minimal equipment. A steel cable runs along the length of each route allowing climbers to attach themselves with a simple via ferrata lanyard, preventing any serious falls. This summer, thanks to the MPW travel scholarship, I was able to travel to the Dolomites with a friend and climb some of these routes.
My two-week journey through India would not have been possible without the MPW Travel Fund grant, nor without the support of my travelling companion, Ollie Kelly. The plan was to travel from Delhi to other locations, mostly by train. Neither of us could have guessed at what lay ahead. The Monsoon, Lord Shiva, landslides and newfound friends were, cumulatively, life-changing experiences.
After finishing my science A-levels at MPW, I travelled to Mexico for four weeks on an adventure that took in an urban metropolis, a steamy jungle and beautiful beaches. I flew into Mexico City, where I spent my first week shadowing Dr Franco, an obstetrician at the Centro Medico ABC. Fascinated by studying infection in Biology, Dr Franco’s special interest in HIV and her resultant work with ‘Integral Women’s Health’ illuminated the need to educate women in Mexico about HIV, in particular with regard to family planning.