When marking the 150th Anniversary of the Club, one of the principal strategic objectives of the V150 campaign was: “To celebrate a new millennium and an Olympic year, in accordance with its charitable status, the Club should have a role at the centre of Oxford sport, contributing to its governance, helping university sports bodies to encourage sportsmen and sportswomen to apply to Oxford and assisting in funding them.”
In keeping with this objective, in 2012 Vincent’s Appeal Trust Company (VATC – the Club’s corporate trustee) and the President and Committee of the Club agreed on a strategy for the future of the Club. A Vincent’s Sports Development Fund (SDF) was created to fund awards for outstanding scholar-athletes who also displayed leadership qualities and a willingness to participate in outreach activities. The generosity of alumni members and friends made it possible for VATC and the Club to make 7 awards in 2014, the first year. The SDF endowment has continued to increase, thanks to further most welcome gifts. In 2020, 20 awards totalling £30,000 were made, including the six named Scholarships.
2021 saw the inaugural awarding of the Bannister Award (the first of two annual major Scholarships endowed by generous Vincent’s Club members in memory of the late Sir Roger Bannister). This is a more substantial award, worth up to £10k per annum.
The Vincent’s Awards are open to all students and offer holders of Oxford University, contingent on them accepting their place. The awards are be available for practitioners of all officially registered University sports, a list of which is maintained here. Applications are be judged principally on the core values of the Vincent's Awards:
Financial need is also an important criterion but will be judged in the broader context of the application, and other means of support will be taken into account. The Selection Committee will have the final say on awards and their amounts: there will be no right of appeal and no amendment of an application unless the committee specifically requests it.
Applications for the 2023-24 Vincent’s Awards are now open. All applications and supporting material must be submitted by 12pm GMT on 10 March 2023 (Friday of 8th Week, Hilary Term). Applications will then be reviewed, and all applicants will be notified with the result of their application shortly thereafter. Any clarifications or questions may also be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.