BASC Legacy Funded Scholarship Programme 2022

BASC’s Legacy Funded Scholarship Programme aims to support and encourage those wishing to develop their knowledge in conservation, land management or gamekeeping. It provides financial assistance to applicants where lack of funding obstructs education and future careers. 

This year’s scholarships are being awarded in memory of Mr Herbert Heywood, who kindly left a legacy to the Association.

Guidance notes for applicants


The purpose of the BASC Legacy Funded Scholarship Programme is to support and encourage students wishing to study conservation, land management or gamekeeping.

The programme seeks to promote the pursuit of careers in these areas. This is underpinned by providing financial assistance to students where funding may otherwise cause an obstacle to education and a successful future career in any of the above sectors.


There is no minimum award, however the maximum award to an individual is £4,500 per annum. The maximum period of award is for the length of the qualification, or for three years whichever is the greatest.

There will be a maximum of two awards given each year.


  • Applicants must be UK citizens
  • The applicant or a member of his/her immediate family must be a current member of BASC

Selection Criteria and Application Requirements:

  • Selection will be made by BASC Executive Directors and Executive and Finance Committee using a scoring system. Please note that BASC’s decision is final.

Applicants must:

  • Submit a completed application form that will be received by BASC by close of play on Thursday 2 August 2022 ( i.e. 17.00 hours)
  • Provide evidence of their own or their immediate family’s BASC membership. Please do not send in membership cards; send in a scan or photocopy of the card along with your application form.
  • Actively engage with BASC in developing and providing input for the promotion and advertisement of the award made, through social media, BASC’s Shooting and Conservation magazine, press releases, the provision of images, and the progress of the successful applicant during this process.
Application forms are available below – they can be downloaded and then either completed electronically or printed off and completed by hand. Submission of the completed application form can be by post or email, see details at the foot of these guidance notes.

Download your application form

Submission of application forms:

Please submit your completed application form electronically to:

Or by post to:

FAO Sandra Forkin
BASC Legacy Funded Scholarship Programme,
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation
Marford Mill
LL12 0HL

Telephone 01244 573 034

Applications must be received by 5pm on Thursday 2 August 2022.

2021 Legacy Scholarship recipients

The 2021 Legacy Scholarship recipients were chosen in August 2021 and have provided feedback on their chosen programme of study…

Lucy Marsden

Programme of study: BSc (Hons) Countryside and Environment Management

Location: Harper Adams University

Reacting to the news, Lucy said: “It is a huge honour to be awarded the BASC Legacy Scholarship, I will be able to use the fund to support my study programme and research projects.” 

“I am very grateful to BASC for this opportunity and look forward to keeping BASC members up to date on my progress.” 

Lucy will use the funding to assist with her placement year with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, where she is working an upland research assistant.

Oscar Caunce

Programme of study: BSc (Hons) in Ecology and Conservation

Location: Edge Hill University 

In response to his success, Oscar said: “I am overwhelmed to be awarded the BASC Legacy Scholarship.

“I feel very fortunate to be presented with an opportunity like this. The scholarship will help grow my knowledge and skills to help preserve wildlife and biodiversity for future generations.”

2020 Legacy Scholarship recipients

Name: Hannah Thompson

Course of study: Masters by Research in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation

Location of study: Nottingham Trent University

“I was absolutely over the moon and extremely grateful to be awarded the legacy scholarship from BASC. This will enable me to pursue my dream of working dogs in the field of conservation.”

“I can’t wait to start my project looking at the efficacy of conservation dogs in the field under the supervision of Dr Samantha Bremner-Harrison, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, at Nottingham Trent University, and Dr Jacqueline Boyd, Animal Scientist and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at NTU.”

“I hope that this work will enable us to make scientifically informed decisions about the use of working dogs as a fundamental, rather than a complementary, tool in conservation and species recovery in the UK.”

Name: Charlie Newman

Course of study: Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land & Wildlife

Location of study: Sparsholt College

“I am so incredibly grateful to BASC for this opportunity”.

“To be able to use these funds for additional qualifications outside of my college course will really extend my skillset and provide a great foundation for my future career in deer and wildlife management. Having access to these additional learning opportunities is invaluable”

“The scholarship will also allow me to cover costs for some of the specialist equipment needed.”

“A huge thank you to everyone at BASC”.

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