The Sir George Elliot Charitable Trust was established in 1956. It has over the years supported many different community initiatives and projects. These have included the development of local hospices, the provision of facilities for the care of the elderly, the development of community facilities such as information centres, halls, large theatre complexes, and so on. Various schools have received support for projects related to the extension of facilities that can also be used by the community.
The trustees remain committed to community projects focusing on the establishment of tangible assets. The Elliot Scholarships reflect a restatement of the trusts commitment to education in a way which balances that with community objectives. The intention is to support a group of young scholars who, given this first significant help towards tertiary qualifications, will go on to contribute to the well-being of the community in a wide range of spheres.
The trustees have decided to make each scholarship worth $25,000, this being an amount that represents substantial help throughout the period of the first degree. At the moment three scholarships are awarded each year. Scholars will be supported with advice and guidance and the trustees intend to be flexible in applying the guidelines they have established. The intention is clear, however – this is an investment in success and, through that success, in the development of the kind of community that Sir George Elliot worked towards in the first half of the twentieth century and towards which the trust is working in these early years of the twenty-first century.