The Flora Gilmour Scholarship | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

The Flora Gilmour Scholarship

Available to four applicants holding an offer on any BA (Hons) Theatre Practice course, who may be unable to undertake their studies due to hardship

The Flora Gilmour Scholarship is available to four applicants holding an offer on any BA (Hons) Theatre Practice course, who may be unable to undertake their studies due to hardship.

The Flora Gilmour Scholarships have been made possible following a generous donation from Kitty Corrigan, one of Central’s donors. Kitty Corrigan, Flora’s daughter, has kindly established the Flora Gilmour scholarships in her mother’s memory. The scholarships are designed to support today’s talented students, who are passionate about their vocation but may be deterred by the finances.

COURSES: BA (Hons) Theatre Practice

ELIGIBILITY: Home/EU/Overseas.


APPLICATION DETAILS: Applicants interested in applying for the Flora Gilmour Scholarships must be holding an offer for an BA (Hons) Theatre Practice course by 3rd May 2019. At the donor’s request, preference will be granted to state-school educated students. All applicants holding offers by this date will be invited to apply for the Flora Gilmour Scholarship and will be sent an application form together with guidance notes.

Criteria for the awards are 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.


The late Flora Gilmour was an alumna of Central from 1934-37. At age 17 she left Ireland to study at the School during the Royal Albert Hall days and boarded at the Girls Friendly Society hostel in South Kensington, where for the second half of the month she lived on broken biscuits donated by the kindly matron. She bought her clothes in the ‘guinea shops’ and walked everywhere to save money, but attended theatre (in the gods) at every opportunity. After her three-year course she returned to Ireland where she taught Speech and Drama, and always talked fondly of her student days in London.

Flora Gilmour