During the continuing coronavirus crisis the Awards Committee was able to hold successful meetings for the March, June and September funding rounds. The scheduled date for the March meeting was right at the beginning of lockdown. As a consequence much of the discussion was achieved by email and telephone.
However, by June members of the Committee were all technologically enlightened and the meeting went ahead using video conferencing. In March, of the 56 shortlisted applications for support, 26 deserving women were offered a small grant of £300 - a total of £7,800.
In June the shorlist numbered 64 and 35 applicants were each awarded £300 - a total of £10,600.
And, of course, although they had hoped to meet 'live' in September, restrictions in place still demanded that they held their discussions in a virtual meeting. Of the 88 shortlisted applicants, 28 women were offered £300 - a total of £8,400. In memory of Nancy Donner and supported by her husband, YLCE awards a Donner Scholarship of £600 to an outstanding STEM postgraduate. The Committee decided to award this to Verity Thomas, a 23-year old embarking on a one-year full-time MSc in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition at University College, London. An apposite subject of study in these times.