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Discover how you can help the ICAS Foundation support talented young people
The ICAS Foundation supports talented young people living in disadvantaged communities to study accounting and finance at a range of universities. The mentoring programme run by the Foundation is critical to helping these students make the best of their time at university, with our volunteer mentors sharing their experiences to provide encouragement and a sounding board for student queries.
The Foundation currently has mentoring opportunities in Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Lancaster for CAs to support students who are in the first year of their accounting degree. There are also opportunities for volunteers who would be interested in mentoring Foundation students at any Scottish university from Autumn 2020.
The Foundation in numbers
Since 2013, the ICAS Foundation has:
- Supported around 200 academically talented young people at 14 universities.
- Awarded more than £1.4m in bursaries and grants.
- Engaged over 120 CAs volunteering as mentors to support its students.
Here’s what some current volunteers and students have said about the mentoring programme:
“As a mentor, the students you meet through the ICAS Foundation have tremendous ability and enthusiasm and are eager to hear about the world of business and finance. I can wholeheartedly recommend becoming a mentor.” John, ICAS Foundation mentor
“My ICAS Foundation mentor answers all my questions and helps whenever possible, recommending resources and sharing her experience. She makes me feel at ease - having someone to contact when you are worried or just querying a topic is really helpful, I am so lucky to be part of the mentoring scheme.” Andrea, current ICAS Foundation student
“The work carried out by the Foundation is fundamental in allowing students to achieve their aspirations with confidence and having the opportunity to build a wide and varied network. I feel that, as a CA, we all have the ability and duty to share our knowledge and experience to help others.” Emma, ICAS Foundation mentor
Can you help? With a time commitment of only one to two hours per month, becoming a mentor could allow you to have a significant impact on a young person’s career aspirations. If you’re interested, find out more on the ICAS Foundation website or contact the Foundation team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 347 0121. Also, find out more information about other ICAS mentoring programmes.
The ICAS Foundation is a charity registered in Scotland SC034836. You can find out more about the ICAS Foundation and how you can help at https://www.icasfoundation.org.uk/support-us.html.