A trust fund supporting pupils of The Nicolson Institute to travel to further their education through educational and participation events.


What we do

and how it works

The ambition of The Friends of The Nicolson Trust is simple – to be a focus for community investment in the extra-curricular activities of the pupils of The Nicolson Institute.

Established by The Rotary Club of Stornoway, the Trust is managed by six local Trustees and awards financial assistance for travel, allowing pupils to further their educational experiences regardless of their island location.

Funds for The Friends of The Nicolson Trust are generated by a small annual donation from former pupils, staff, friends and families of The Nicolson Institute.

Contributions can be set up through Standing Order, ensuring the continuity and sustainability of Trust funds, or made via a one-off donation online, by cash or by cheque.

Nicolson Institute pupils can apply to access financial support from the Trust either as part of a school trip or individually as a pupil of The Nicolson Institute, even if the travel is not connected to the secondary school – for example, a Nicolson pupil who is also a member of the Lewis Pipe Band could apply for assistance to travel with the Pipe Band.

How to donate

To become a Friend of The Nicolson could not be easier – once you have completed your membership form, then decide whether you would like to make a regular contribution or a one-off donation.

Contributions can be set up via Standing Order, either through online banking or a downloadable Standing Order form to be completed and handed into your local bank; and one-off donations can also be made safely and securely through Paypal.

Nicolson Institute pupils wishing to apply to access The Friends of The Nicolson Fund should download the application form or contact the school for further details.

How to apply

Nicolson Institute pupils wishing to apply to access The Friends of The Nicolson Fund should download and complete the application form or contact the school on 01851 707 000 for further details.

Application form (Word)

Application form (pdf)

Collaborative working

Nicolson Institute winning logos

The Nicolson Institute pupils in the 3rd and 5th years took on the challenge of responding to a design brief to develop a logo for the Friends of The Nicolson. The Trustees have chosen their top three entries and said the following:

There has been a lot of imagination and creativity in the logos produced. The three selected we felt represented the spirit of what the Friends of The Nicolson aims to do… providing a hand to the current pupils through support provided by past pupils. The whole community benefits and this is important for all of us.”

To see all the logo designs submitted, click here.