Sky's Sophy Ridge, presenter of Sophy Ridge on Sunday, will deliver the 2019 Sky Bob Friend Memorial Lecture and present the 2019 Bob Friend Scholarship  in the Historic Dockyard Church on Wednesday 6 March 2019. First, of course, we must select a scholar.  So, there will be a detailed briefing for students who wish to compete for the 2019 Sky News Bob Friend Scholarship on Monday 14 January at 1300 in the main newsroom. 

This is a unique and immensely valuable opportunity open to undergraduate students in the Centre - first, second and third years. The winner will spend a month long, fully funded placement at Sky News. They will also receive a £3,000 contribution to their tuition fees. Beyond these rewards there is, of course, the prestige and glory of being a member of the tiny and highly select band of Sky Bob Friend Scholars.

It is a competitive scholarship and there can only be one winner. Applicants must provide a detailed proposal for a multi-platform treatment of a topical news item, appropriate to Sky News, and including content suitable for TV, radio, online and mobile platforms. Proposals will be considered by a panel that will draw up a final shortlist of candidates. Shortlisted students will sit tests in general knowledge and spelling set by Sky News and undergo a panel interview at the company's Millbank studio. Please note that students who have previously been shortlisted and interviewed will not be eligible for the 2019 award.  

The deadline for submissions will be on Thursday 7 February 2019. Shortlisted contestants will travel to London for the final selection interviews which will take place at Sky' Millbank studios in Westminster on Friday 15th February. 

2019 Sky Bob Friend Scholarship - applications in January