Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund Bursary

For applicants holding an offer on BA (Hons) Acting

Supporting needy undergraduate acting and singing students.

COURSES: BA (Hons) Acting

ELIGIBILITY: Students who demonstrate a combination of merit (promise/ability shown in application form and at audition/interview) and financial hardship.



APPLICATION DETAILS: Students will be contacted over the summer with details on how to apply.  Criteria for the award is based on a combination of merit (promise/ability shown in application form and at audition/interview) and hardship.  Applicants will have two weeks to return their Scholarship application form. Central’s scholarship panel will consider all eligible applications.  All applicants, successful and unsuccessful, will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship application.


Sophie's Silver Lining Fund was set up by the parents of Sophie Large when she tragically died in a car accident at the age of nineteen in 1998. She had been passionately interested in both acting and singing and was about to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe when the accident happened. As a result, it was decided to set up the Fund in her memory specifically to support students of acting and singing, particularly those facing financial hardship.

A small book called Sophie's Log - thoughts and feelings in poetry and prose consisting of writings found among Sophie's effects was published soon after the Fund was established and has not only sold thousands of copies but was also the basis of a play called Sophie by the American playwright Bryan Willis, which was also adapted for BBC Radio 4. All students supported by the fund are given a copy and many have been in contact to say how moved and touched they have been by what they read.