Scholarship Spotlight: James Gary Aspinall Scholarship

We are excited to announce an inspiring and unique new scholarship - The James Gary Aspinall Scholarship for a campaigner from Merseyside.

This scholarship has been created to support a new generation of working-class, Merseyside activists. It is named in honour of James Aspinall, who died during the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

James was the son of Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group and a leader in the decades-long campaign for justice launched after 96 people were killed during a crush at a football match at Hillsborough stadium. That campaign led to a 2016 inquest ruling that found that the fans were unlawfully killed and the police were accountable for their deaths.

“The James Gary Aspinall scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for a young, working-class person in Merseyside to learn about how to run effective campaigns,” Margaret said. “We need more people from Merseyside in public life, fighting for what they believe in.”

Scholarships fund up to the full cost of our week-long residential campaign training, and travel support is also available. During the training you’ll tool yourself up to run powerful campaigns and find new co-conspirators while you’re at it!

Applications for our April Bootcamp are now open: Apply now!

We don’t get very many region-based scholarships, so we are very pleased to have this opportunity to support Merseyside activists.

The scholarship was created by Matthew Cain, who was 8 years old when he saw the Liverpool v. Nottingham Forest match on television. Cain was deeply moved by the event and the activism that grew out of it and supported the campaign as he got older. Campaign Bootcamp was an opportunity to connect that campaign with younger activists.

“People in Liverpool are astonishing campaigners who are underrepresented in national society,” Cain said. This scholarship “is a way of making sure Hillsborough isn’t just remembered as a football disaster, but as a fight for justice.”

Don’t think you’re eligible for this scholarship? No problem! See our other scholarships

Bootcamp 16 will run from Sunday 14th – Friday 19th July 2019
Deadline to apply: 9am BST on Tuesday 30th April 2019

Apply for Bootcamp 16

To sum up…

  • Deadline to apply: 9am BST on Tuesday 13th August 2019
  • Bootcamp 17 will run from afternoon on Sunday 13th October to the evening of Friday 18th October 2019
  • Full and partial scholarships available for grassroots campaigners
  • Email [email protected] with any questions you may have

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