The Mark Scott Foundation was formed in 1996 in memory of Mark Scott, the 16 year old Glasgow schoolboy who was murdered in 1995 in an unprovoked sectarian attack.
Since its inception the Foundation has made over 400 awards to individual young people living in or closely connected with Scotland. In relation to this its first stream of activity awards have included young people who volunteered to work in community projects in India, Africa and the Far East and young people who required funding to develop their talents in other ways, for example a violinist studying at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, a golfer attending College in Texas and an Opera singer training in Holland as well as many people studying in the UK.
Following an independent review the Mark Scott Foundation Trustees decided to concentrate solely on its second stream of activity – The Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award. This was first trialed in 1998 and since then more than 600 young people have taken part. The Award:
- helps develop the talents of young people
- benefits local communities through delivering a project for them and
- addresses sectarianism and other socially divisive influences in a subtle way
The foundation launched Phase 2 of the Award which aims to make the Award available across Central Scotland with a target of 500 participants each year by 2010, and applied to Barcapel for assistance with funding.
The Trustees of Barcapel were unanimously impressed by:
- the professionalism of both the organisation and the application
- the philosophy of bringing people together from different backgrounds
- the aims of the foundation in nurturing young talent
- the fact that the Award had achieved a lot in a relatively short time
- the fact the foundation had a strategic vision and a measurable target