Competitions, Awards & Prizes

Every year we have a few awards and prizes available, details of which can be found below:

Schools Awards

WCIB Lord George Bursary at Dulwich College
The WCIB Lord George Bursary at Dulwich College is awarded annually in memory of WCIB Past Master Lord George of St Tudy (Eddie George) who was Governor of the Bank of England from 1994 to 2004. The bursary is awarded to a sixth form pupil on the recommendation of the school.

The recipient of the WCIB Lord George Bursary for 2019/20 was Harry Fisher who was awarded three 'A' grades at A level in August 2020.  He has now started his university career studying Management and Marketing at Bath University. 

The Annual WCIB Schools Awards Ceremony
The last WCIB Schools Awards Ceremony was held on 3rd December 2019 and hosted by ING. 

The Sheriffs' Challenge
The Late Lord Mayor and former Master of the WCIB, Alderman Sir Peter Estlin, initiated the Sheriffs’ Challenge. Its rationale was to give students in London schools a chance to hone their public speaking skills by delivering a team-work presentation, competitively, on a topic relating to the City of London or the business/wider world.

University & Business Schools Awards

WCIB Prize at Business Schools
The Company places a high value on relationships with Universities and Business Schools involved in undergraduate and postgraduate finance and other subjects related to the City. The relationships offer a gateway into the WCIB and the City for faculty and students alike. For example, the WCIB has provided City mentors for students, speakers for classes/events/career sessions, event sponsorship and general support to relationship institutions.

In addition, there is the awarding of the  annual WCIB prize to a student for the best dissertation or extended piece of written work as assessed by faculty. Typically the work will be related to the City, international banking or an aspect of finance. The winner receives a certificate of merit and £300. The winner also qualifies to participate in the  annual WCIB Lombard Prize competition which is our nation-wide competition. 

The WCIB Lombard Prize
The WCIB Lombard Prize was initiated by Alan Moore CBE in the early 1990's when he was Chairman of the Lombard Association, to reward an outstanding student of the City University (now the Sir John Cass Business School) evening MBA Programme. In 2009, the Court of Assistants agreed that the Lombard Prize should be extended to include the winners of Company prizes at all of the universities which are affiliated with the Company.

The Prize consists of – 

A solid silver Armada dish, inscribed with the Company and winner’s names;
A cheque for £1500.00;
A certificate of merit;
The winner will be offered Honorary Membership of the Company for one year and will be invited to attend the prestigious WCIB Annual Banquet (typically at Guildhall or the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House) to receive the Prize. The event is attended by the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs, other senior figures within the City of London. 

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Mansion House Scholarship Scheme (MHSS)

The Mansion House Scholarship Scheme which helps fund foreign students and young financial services executives to come to the UK to study at a British university, or to train or gain experience in the City. Read more on the MHSS website click here

Welcome to the new cohort of Mansion House Scholarship students

The following Mansion House Scholars will be studying in the United Kingdom in 2020/21

Mexico- Mr Rafael Alonso   Rafael Alonso is aged 30 and is based in Mexico City where he works for Cultivo, a small start-up company that finances land restoration projects.  He is a graduate of Colorado College in the US, where he took a Bachelors’ degree in Economics and Business.  He has secured a place at Imperial College, London to study for an MSc in Climate Change, Management and Finance. He has also been appointed as a Chevening Scholar.

Mexico - Miss Marina Benitez Marina Benitez is aged 31 and is also based in Mexico City. She is a graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she took a BSc in Biology, followed by a part-time MSc in Environmental and Ecological Economics, which she completed in 2019. She has been working recently also for CIDE - a Mexican centre of research and higher education, specialising in the fields of Social Sciences,   She has a place at UCL to study for an MSc in Economics and Environmental Energy Policy.  She has also been appointed as a Chevening Scholar.

India - Miss Anamika Ahir  Anamika Ahir is aged 30 and is a lawyer.  She is currently a manager in the Legal Department at SEBI (the Securities and Exchange Board of India) in Mumbai. She is a graduate of the National Law Institute University of Bhopal, where she had gained a First Class Bachelors’ degree in Law. She has been accepted by the London School of Economics to study for an LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution.  She has also been appointed as a Chevening Scholar.

Nigeria – Mr Stephen Ugwudi  Stephen Ugwudi is aged 32 and studied at Ahmadu Bellow University, Nigeria, where he took a BSC in Textile Science and Technology, graduating in 2014. He currently manages his own Business Investment Consultancy – SU Investment Enterprise, which founded in 2016, offering advice and support to some 200 small start-up initiatives across Nigeria.  He has been admitted to the University of Sussex to study for an MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He has also been appointed as a Chevening Scholar. 

United Kingdom – Miss Megan Edwards Megan Edwards is aged 24 and comes from Strabane in Northern Ireland. She graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2019 with a First Class Honours degree in Law and then stayed on at Queen’s to take an LLM, which she will completed in autumn 2020. She  is currently working in the Wider Participation Unit at Queen’s University, assisting those who are ‘most able but least likely’ to progress to Higher Education.  She has secured a place on the post-graduate Bar Practice Course (BPC) at Northumbria University, prior to becoming a barrister.