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Oxford Cultural Collective Trust

Lou Willcock Scholarship (Oxford Cultural Collective Trust)

The Lou Willcock Scholarship provides transformative support for young people working and studying in hospitality and gastronomy. Recipients receive grants of up to £10,000 and comprehensive mentoring support.
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The Oxford Cultural Collective Trust (registered charity) is honoured offer a scholarship in the name of Lou Willcock. Reflecting her selfless style, the scholarship helps young people flourish and fulfil their potential.

Recipients receive up to £10,000 to support creative personal development activities, which they outine in their applications, along with mentoring support from one of the OCC Trustees. The Lou Willcock Scholarship is open to young people (aged 18 to 35) who are working or studying in hospitality, gastronomy or culinary arts, in the UK. This includes full and part-time students; those in a wide range of professions, including chefs, food and drink producers, operators and entrepreneurs; as well as writers, journalists and educators.

Lou Willcock (1960 - 2018) was a creative force in hospitality. In addition to achieving great personal success as an entrepreneur, she dedicated herself to supporting others as a mentor and guide. Her relentlessly positive, hopeful and inquiring approach had a life-affirming impact on all who knew her. Throughout her career, Lou received numerous accolades that acknowledged her contribution. At the annual Shine Awards, which mark women's achievements in hospitality, she was named Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year and Mentor of the Year. In 2011 The Caterer magazine named her one of the Top 100 Women in Hospitality. Her support for the next generation of hospitality professionals was exemplified by her pivotal role in forming the Bacchus Mentoring Programme at Oxford Brookes University, where she was appointed a Visiting Fellow.

About the charity

The Oxford Cultural Collective Trust is a registered charity which provides creative and transformative support to young people working in the hospitality industry. It is affiliated to OCC Ltd, an international educational body working in hospitality and the culinary arts.

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