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. This year two UK students are included in the scheme to strengthen links between the City of London and the UK's major cities.  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

India - Mr Ranjith Kumar (appointed 2020) Ranjith Kumar (aged 26) is from Bangalore. He graduated from St Joseph’s College of Commerce in 2016 and then joined KPMG for two years as an Audit Associate. In 2018 he established his own real estate business - Brahmi Realty, specialising in the restructuring of real estate companies who were in financial difficulties. He joined the City University Business School in September 2021 and is studying for an MSc in Corporate Finance

Nigeria – Mr Richard Oseji (appointed 2020) Richard Oseji (aged 26) comes from Port Harcourt in Nigeria. He has been working for Allianz Nigeria Insurance plc since December 2018 as an Agency Manager. He graduated from Madonna University, Okija in 2014, with a BSc in Mass Communication. He is studying for an MBA at the University of Lancaster, which started in September 2021.

UK Scotland – Miss Andrea Waugh Andrea Rose Waugh (aged 22) comes from Edinburgh. She graduated from Aberdeen University in June 2021 with a First Class Honours degree in Law and moved directly to London to take a post-graduate Legal Practise course at BPP University in Holborn, which started in August 2021. Andrea was nominated by the Royal Company of Merchants of Edinburgh, with whom she has been closely connected for the last few years. She will join Freshfields, as a trainee solicitor on her graduation in February2022.

UK – Bristol – Mr Abu Saad Wariah Abu Wariah (aged 22) graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2021 with a First Class Honours degree in Economics. He comes from a Punjabi background, his father having emigrated to Birmingham some 35 years ago. Abu will have been the first member of his family to get to University and has will take an MSc degree in Finance and Investment at the University of Nottingham, starting in September 2021. He has been nominated by the Society of Merchant Venturers of Bristol 

Nepal – Mr Amigo Khadka Amigo Khadka (aged 29) comes from the City of Lalitpur in Nepal. He is a graduate of Colby-Sawyer College in the US where he took a BA degree in Business Administration. He founded ‘CityCargo’ in 2018 to tackle severe logistic shortages in Nepal and to offer job opportunities to returning migrants from the Gulf States. He also attracted College students from the US to help build classrooms in rural Nepal. He is the first Nepali to have been appointed as a Mansion House Scholar and is currently at the LSE studying for an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has also been appointed as a Chevening Scholar.

Zimbabwe Mr Takunda Chingonzo Takunda Chingonzo (aged 29) is from Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. He graduated from the University of Science and Technology in 2016 with a Bachelors’ degree in Quantity Surveying. Concerned at the lack of opportunity amongst the disadvantaged in Zimbabwe, he then set up his own Company – ‘Tech Village’ to encourage local innovation and entrepreneurship amongst the young. He is the first scholar from Zimbabwe to have been appointed as a Mansion House Scholar and has joined the University of Warwick to study for an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Zambia - Miss Sibeso Mofya Sibeso Mofya (aged 26) is from Lusaka. She has worked for Standard Chartered Bank for the last five years. She graduated from Lovely Professional University in Punjab, India with a Bachelors’ degree in Economics. She has represented Zambia in Standard Chartered’s global ‘Futuremakers Programme’ and is increasingly committed to the empowerment of women and to helping the financially disadvantaged in her country. She has been appointed as a Chevening Scholar and is at Reading University studying for an MSc in Finance and Financial Technology. She has also been appointed as a Chevening Scholar.

Panama - Miss Monica Crespo Chanis Monica Crespo (aged 26) comes from Panama City where she manages an NGO called ‘Popularis’, which she established in 2019 to tackle some of the injustices she perceived in the judiciary in her country and to bring about change. She graduated with a Bachelors Law degree in Panama in 2017, followed by spells as an intern in the British Embassy and as an executive assistant to the Minister of Government, before .joining a local Law Firm in 2018. She is taking an MSc in Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation at the LSE. She has been appointed as a Chevening Scholar.

India – Miss Shyamala Sivakumar (aged 32) is an Industrial Engineer currently based in Tiruchirappalli in the State of Tamil Nadu, where she works as a Deputy Manager at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, a power plant equipment manufacturer owned by the Government of India. She graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Engineering from Anna University in Chennai in 2010, and has been working in system and process improvements of power generation equipment. She has been appointed as a Chevening Scholar and joined Imperial College in. September 2021 to take an MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures

South Korea – Mr Park Hyuk (‘Ray’ Park) ‘Ray’ Park (aged 28) was born and brought up in Seoul. He has been based in London for some years and was admitted to King’s College, London in 2015 to study for a BSc in Maths, with Finance and Management. He returned to Korea in 2016 to undertake two years military service, before returning to London to complete his degree. He graduated in August 2020 with a First Class Honours degree, before joining PwC briefly as an Assurance Associate. He is currently at the London Business School, studying for a Masters’ degree in Financial Analysis.

Oman - Mr Yasser Al-Shukairi Yasser Al Shukairi is aged 20 and comes from Bawshar in the Sultanate of Oman. He graduated from the University of Liverpool in July 2021with a BA degree (2:1 with Honours) in Business Economics. Since his graduation, he has been working as an intern for two Real Estate Companies in Muscat. He has returned to the University’s Management School to study for an MSc in Finance and Investment Management, which started in September 2021.

Oman - Miss Sama Al-Maqbali Sama Al-Maqbali is aged 22 and is based in Muscat. Following a Foundation Course in Manchester in 2017/18, she graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in July 2021 with a First Class honours degree in Law. She has recently been working as an intern with the Bright Network, dealing with such firms as Bain & Co, PwC and Accenture. She returned to MMU in September 2021 to study for an LLM, covering such issues as International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law and Women’s Rights.