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Scholar Stories

We believe that financial circumstances should never prevent gifted students from benefitting from the Central experience and, thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, we have been able to support an increasing number of students each year.

Below you will find a small selection of stories about how donations have helped support our students.

Central is known in the industry for training versatile actors who are from a mixture of backgrounds.  It is what makes us stand out from the rest. So when I talk to the secondary school-aged drama students and find that the scare stories in the press about student debt are putting them off going to drama school it makes me very sad.  If we don’t provide scholarship support of some kind we risk watching these students slip through cracks simply because they can't afford it.

Cush Jumbo, BA (Hons) Acting

As we know, in life hopes and dreams are a wonderful thing, but finances or a lack of them can sometimes make the journey more difficult. Without your financial support I would not have been able to come to London and study at CSSD as although my family is superbly supportive, my mum is a single parent that is a full-time foster carer therefore our funds to get me to university was very low, even with my savings. If I had not received your generous gift, I would have had to defer my place and work for a year to even come close to save funds to accept a place at Central. I know without your support I would not be where I am now, studying at one of the world’s top universities for theatre studies.

Eleanor Deacon (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice - Prop Making) - Recipient of the The Gareth Neame Scholarship


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