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Lloyds Scholar Graduation Celebration


Lloyds Scholars receive awards from Chief Executive António Osório

Three recent graduates from the University of Warwick received awards from Lloyds Banking Group Chief Executive António Horta Osório on Monday 30 November as part of a larger ceremony honouring all students graduating from the Lloyds Scholar programme.

Seven Scholars have graduated from the University this year, part of the first cohort to participate in the scheme.

Charlie McKnight scooped the top award of the evening as the Volunteering Award winner. In addition to a range of other volunteering activities, Charlie founded GotPolitics, a project aimed at teaching political engagement to primary age children. Following huge success whilst at Warwick, Charlie has secured additional funding through the Warwick Social Enterprise Award to make GotPolitics nationally available.

Michael Shneerson and Megan Marks were winner and runner up respectively in the Chief Executive Challenge Award.

All Scholars graduating from the programme received certificates recognising their achievements for volunteering in the local community whilst working towards their degrees and participating in internships with Lloyds.

Charlie McKnight, winner of the Volunteering Award said:

I’m absolutely thrilled to receive this award. It’s been a real honour to be part of the first cohort of Lloyds Scholars at Warwick and to win is the icing on the cake. I’ve learned so much as I’ve developed the GotPolitics scheme and I have plans to expand it even further in the future. With the extra funding this award brings, the sky’s the limit!

Hannah Hodgson, Lloyds Scholars Community Engagement Officer with the University of Warwick said:

We’re very proud of our graduating Lloyds Scholars. To have made such a contribution to the local community at the same time as completing a degree is a real achievement. That so many of our Scholars have received job offers from Lloyds is a testament to the hard work and dedication they’ve put into their time with Lloyds Scholars and the University. We are particularly glad that Charlie, Megan and Michael have received additional well-earned recognition.

Paul O’Neill, Head of Lloyds Scholars, said:

I am very proud of the Lloyds Scholars programme. It continues to be a key part of our commitment to Help Britain Prosper, providing all-round professional and vocational experience and social mobility opportunities for talented undergraduates. This cohort of graduating scholars is our largest to date and we have taken great joy in watching them develop through mentorships, paid internships and the 100 hours of community volunteering they provide each year of the Scholarship. We wish them every success for the future.

Did you know?

The Lloyds Scholars programme offers talented young people from lower income households the opportunity to gain employability skills and experience alongside their degrees, in partnership with eight leading UK universities. The programme offers students a complete package of financial support, paid internships and a business mentor while, in return, students volunteer for at least 100 hours per year for the duration of the programme.

  • The University of Warwick joined the Lloyds Scholar scheme in 2012. There are currently 51 Lloyds Scholars at Warwick, across 4 years of undergraduate study.
  • Scholar volunteering at Warwick is supported by Warwick Volunteers. Scholar volunteering activities have ranged from work with large national charities such as Guide Dogs, Scouts and Foodbank to smaller local charities such as youth groups and local museums. Scholars have also created a range of community activities themselves.
  • Warwick Scholars graduating this year have contributed over 2,100 hours to the local community across three years.

About the photo above

Pictured: Lloyds Scholars from the University of Warwick celebrate their achievements with the team members from Lloyds Banking Group and University of Warwick. Permission granted for reproduction in connection with Lloyds Banking Group and University of Warwick business.

(L-R): Richard Cooper (Head of Education and Employability, Lloyds Banking Group), Charlie McKnight, Christie Loong, Megan Marks, Stuart Kerr, Michael Shneerson, Harrison Gould and Hannah Hodgson (Lloyds Scholars Community Engagement Officer, University of Warwick). Not pictured: Vipresh Prakash.

Get in touch

For more information about the Lloyds Scholars scheme at Warwick, please contact Hannah Hodgson on 024 761 51897 or For more information about the national scheme, please visit their website.