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The Lorna Webber Vipond Arts Scholarship was created following the untimely death of Lorna Webber (nee Vipond), a much-loved local artist and teacher.

For September 2024, one scholarship of £4,000 (£1,000 for each year of study) is available to support a local UK undergraduate student studying art at the University of Reading. It provides financial support to contribute towards the recipient's living costs whilst studying, so that they can afford a broad range of art materials, can visit exhibitions throughout their studies and participate in cultural experiences that will contribute to their creative outputs. This scholarship is funded by the generosity of Lorna’s family. 

To apply, you must be local to Reading with an RG postcode and have applied to one of our undergraduate art courses. You can apply as soon as you have made an application and before your interview. Once the application is complete, please send to

The deadline to apply is Friday 12 April 2024 (23:59 GMT). Late applications will not be considered. Please see the guidance notes and terms and conditions for full eligibility requirements. 

Scholarship application form

Application form terms and conditions

Lorna Webber Vipond

Lorna was born in London in 1953. Her father was a builder who did not have the opportunity as a young man to pursue the arts, but developed his talent in later life, passing on his enthusiasm to Lorna.

Lorna started a career in computer science, but later obtained the qualifications to become a professional artist and teacher. She hosted workshops, gave lessons to individuals and ran local art exhibitions, in addition to producing and exhibiting her own works.

Lorna was always ready to experiment, learn and develop. She believed that an artist’s potential can be developed at any stage in a life journey, but that the cost of development is discouraging, particularly for young people. Her scholarship provides support to capable University of Reading undergraduates to develop as artists and is philanthropically funded by the generosity of her family.