HMC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

HMC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), founded in 1869, is an association of the heads of more than 300 leading independent schools, the majority of which are in the UK. As an organisation, it is heavily involved in all aspects of education.

In the early 1990s, as communism collapsed in eastern Europe, HMC supported a sixth form scholarship scheme to provide educational opportunities for young people in countries that had been behind the Iron Curtain. HMC Projects, as it was called, aimed to identify talented 16 & 17 year olds and give them the opportunity to study and live at a British boarding school. The first intake arrived in 1993; the programme has not only endured but thrived. Last year, 89 scholars started at HMC schools and more than 1700 scholarships have been awarded in the past 24 years. The programme has benefitted the scholars themselves, as well as the schools they have enriched, but also cemented links between historical adversaries within Europe.

In September 2015, Aydan Ali, from Romania, arrived at Warminster School as one such scholar. This week, she got her IB Diploma result, 38 points, and is off to Warwick University to study PPE. She has been an outstanding ambassador for her country and for the programme. She has also contributed a huge amount to our community, not least as a school prefect. We are proud of her.

Here are her reflections on her two years at Warminster School. MY HMC EXPERIENCE