Posted on: April 29th 2016

Gap 360 scholarship awarded to LAE sixth former

Gap 360, a leading UK gap year travel specialist, is trialling a Travel Scholarship fund to make awards to students who may not normally be able to afford to go travelling.

Gap 360 believes that going travelling after school or university is more than just an ‘extended holiday’. As well as enriching a student’s understanding of the world and developing self-confidence, travelling also boosts employability. Managing Director of Gap 360, David Stitt, says “students nowadays are entering a world where university degrees are commonplace and employers are seeking greater diversity of experience to choose between applicants. Going travelling on a worthwhile trip is an ideal way to set you apart from others”.

Gap 360’s new travel scholarship will contribute to this ongoing development of students and help equip them with life skills and experiences as they move into the next stage of their lives.

After an application and interview process, Gap 360 has recently awarded its first £1,000 scholarship to Mohammed Altab, a student at The London Academy of Excellence in Newham London.

“Mohammed was most impressive in his interview”, said David Stitt, “he has a clear idea about where he wants to go and what he wants to achieve and for someone who did not spend his early years in the UK he has clearly worked hard to get to where he is today.”

When Mohammed goes travelling he will make a great ambassador for Gap 360 and for the London Academy of Excellence. Mohammed said “when I first heard about Gap 360 at our school's careers fair, it sounded like a great opportunity to explore, make new friends and challenge myself. I hope to use the £1000 grant to visit Thailand to experience their culture and learn more about myself on the way.” LAE’s Head Master, John Weeks, said “it is excellent to hear Mohammed has been selected to receive the £1000 scholarship. Alongside our commitment to providing outstanding academic provision, we know how important it is for young people to be well-rounded, ready to embark on a career in the modern world. Mohammed is truly deserving of this opportunity and we hope to this is the beginning of a long-lasting relationship with Gap 360”.

Gap 360, based in Tunbridge Wells, offers taster travel programmes as short as a week and “gap years” as long as 24 months, across a range of activities including volunteering, working abroad, learning new skills and adventure travel. For more information please visit