Caporn Educational Bursary Fund


The Caporn Educational Bursary Fund (CEBF) has been established to provide financial support to eligible students in full-time education between the ages of 14 and 17 to take part in extra-curricular activities that will further their education and development into adulthood.

The CEBF is funded and supported by the Rotary Club of Surbiton (the Club) from a legacy left to the Club by a former member Derek Caporn.

Who is eligible?

Applications are welcomed from any child between 14 and 17 years of age who is in full-time education in Surbiton or whose home address isin Surbiton, Berrylands, Hook, Tolworth or Chessington. For the purposes of this scheme homes with a KT5, KT6 or KT9 post code are eligible. We welcome applications from those students with special needs, those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who have little or no access to other funds for such activities.

What for?

The CEBF has been established to make available small bursaries of between a few hundred pounds and a few thousand pounds to enable eligible applicants to access and attend any professionally organised course, activity or outward bound adventure (hereafter abbreviated to an “activity”).

The activity should not be for pure respite or a holiday but a structured process that is specifically aimed at developing the individual’s knowledge, leadership skills and growth into adulthood. The activity should commence in the calendar year after that in which the application is made.

Any bursary awarded will only form part of the overall cost of any activity and the student is expected to raise some of the funds themself.


All applications must be made using the attached application form. The application must be supported by a staff member of the educational establishment or group attended by the student. In addition parental/guardian approval must be given.

Full details must be given of the proposed activity and the organising body together with its cost and an explanation of how the applicant proposes to raise a contribution to the activity. The student’s aims and objectives in attending the activity must be given along with the perceived benefits to them personally.


The scheme will be launched each year in February and applications must be received by 30th September for grants for the following calendar year. Selection will take place during October and short-listed applicants may be asked to attend an informal interview to explain in person what they hope to achieve by attending the selected activity. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application at the end of October.

The Club’s decision will be final and there is no appeal procedure; however, applicants are free to apply for the same or similar activity in the following year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

Any queries? Please email

Caporn Educational Bursary Fund sub-pages:

Application Form

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