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A new grant scheme is being launched to help Nicolson Institute pupils travel to the mainland.


The Friends of The Nicolson Trust (FOTN) will provide some financial assistance towards travel costs.


The aim is to reduce the disadvantages to island students of their location in competition or advancing their skills or knowledge.


The Rotary Club of Stornoway has set up the initiative.


Rotarian Kenneth Macdonald said: “Over many years we have seen the benefit children derive from taking part in sporting and musical competitions at national level, the inspiration pupils get at attending arts events. and the broadening of their outlook when meeting others from different areas and cultures.

“It would be good to have a way everyone from the Island could contribute to a wider education for the young people of Lewis.


“The Rotary Club of Stornoway hope this new venture will be a way to help and advance the next generations of pupils from The Nicolson Institute.”


Funds for the new Friends of The Nicolson trust will be raised through the generosity of former Nicholson pupils, signed up to make a small annual donation to help the next generation.


Five people have been appointed as trustees - Donald Martin (chair), Zena Stewart, Donald John MacDonald, Agnes Rennie, and Jackie MacKay.


They will manage and develop the trust, awarding travel assistance to students in all disciplines enabling them to partake in mainland events from sports competitions to academic opportunities.


A formal launch event takes place in the school on Thursday.

New grants to help Nicolson pupils with mainland travel

30 August 2017