The Sheffield Grammar School Exhibition Foundation can trace its roots to the £30 per year endowment left by Thomas Smith of Crowland which was used towards the foundation of the Free Grammar School of James King of England in 1604.
By 1888 the Governors of the then Royal Grammar School were extended to include members of the Town Council, the School Board and Firth College (now University of Sheffield) and were awarding educational scholarships. These were made to joiners, artisans and waiters to fund their attendance at the grammar school
In 1969 the Sheffield grammar school became the King Edward VII School. At this point, the Sheffield Grammar School Exhibition Foundation was formed in order to use the accrued endowments to provide education scholarships to the benefit of the whole city.
Today the Sheffield Grammar Exhibition Foundation has trustees taken from the City Council, Sheffield College and the University of Sheffield, and aims to give educational grants to those living in Sheffield. These range from medical electives, fieldtrips and dyslexia support through to supporting sporting activities and musical training
The Foundation's income is applied in the following ways:
(a) in awarding beneficiaries scholarships bursaries or maintenance allowances tenable at any school, university or other place of learning approved by the Governors;
(b) in providing financial assistance, outfits, clothing, tools, instruments or books to enable beneficiaries on leaving school or university or any other educational establishment to prepare for or to assist their entry into a professional trade or calling;
(c) in awarding scholarships or maintenance allowances to enable beneficiaries to travel abroad to pursue their education;
(d) in providing or assisting in the provision of facilities of any kind not normally provided by the Local Education Authority for recreation, social and physical training including the provision of coaching in athletics, sport and games for beneficiaries who are receiving primary, secondary or further education;
(e) in providing financial assistance to enable beneficiaries to study music or other arts.
Beneficiaries means persons resident in the City of Sheffield who, in the opinion of the Governors, are in need of financial assistance.
Please note: Grants are awarded using the above aims but at the discretion of the Governors