The Royal Yacht Squadron’s (RYS) Isle of Wight Foundation bursary.

Members of the RYS have created an independent registered charity to coincide with their bicentenary celebrations and are contributing generously to the capital fund that has an initial target of £2 million.

Who is the RYS Foundation bursary for?

The objective is to provide financial support for young people living on the Isle of Wight, so that they may participate in further education or acquire vocational skills with a connection to the marine industry that they would otherwise be prevented from achieving.

Who does the Foundation work with? 

The Foundation works closely with the marine industry, schools, colleges and other local organisations to identify potential beneficiaries.

Chairman of the RYS Foundation, Antony Matusch said; “The members of the Squadron, for whom the Isle of Wight has been the club’s home for 200 years, are enthusiastically supporting the aims of this new charity. Helping local young people to pursue a career connected to a maritime world is something the members believe is an admirable way for them personally to provide a fitting long term legacy.”

UKSA work hard to ensure their youth development and maritime training courses benefit the widest possible range of people. Their charitable status is vital because it enables them to deliver so much more than training and certification alone. The centre provides a unique environment and transformational opportunities for everyone, focusing on both work skills and life skills, using the water as the catalyst for positive change; over 10,000 young people are welcomed through the doors every year.

How do I apply?

Your course advisor will be able to assess your eligibility, advise you on how much you might be able to get funded for, and support you with your funding applications. Please call 01983 203038 or email [email protected]