About the Award
The Mark Scott Foundation
The Mark Scott Foundation is a registered Scottish charity (SC025254), whose mission is
to help young people in Scotland discover their own talents so they can build confidence in
themselves, break down barriers between each other and contribute to the communities
where they live. The Foundation is inspired by the life of Mark Scott, a 16 year old schoolboy
who was murdered in 1995 in an unprovoked sectarian attack.
The Foundation was
established in 1996.
In its first few years, The Mark Scott Foundation awarded grants to young people to help them develop their talents. Recognising, however, that other organisations were already established and active in this regard, the Trustees took the decision to develop and focus exclusively on the delivery of The Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award. Through the delivery of the Award the Foundation has helped to bring together young people often separated by sectarianism, racism or territorialism.
In the last ten years more than 1,750 young people have benefited from the Award and been recognised for their achievement during the annual Award Ceremony.
The foundation and The Outward Bound Trust are entirely dependent on donations and sponsorship to deliver the Award each year. It relies on the voluntary efforts of six Trustees and four other individuals who provide additional administrative, advisory and programme support. Through them and in partnership with the Outward Bound Trust and more than 50 schools across Scotland, the Foundation has built up a reputation for a unique programme that is delivered efficiently and cost effectively. Over 95p in every £1 donated is spent on charitable activity.