The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting began today in London and the United Kingdom has already started doling out goodies to its former colonies.
Today the UK announced that it would find scholarships for students in Commonwealth countries to study in low and middle-income countries.
Making the announcement today was Prince Henry of Wales. He is the Commonwealth Youths Ambassador.
Prince Harry made this revelation while speaking at the opening session of the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II centre in London.
The Prince saud: “60 per cent of the Commonwealth is under the age of 30 and at 1.4 billion strong.” He said the scholarships were named after Queen Elizabeth II, and would be funded with the additional £5 million provided by the UK government for the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, CSFP.
In his words:
“In my new role, I will work to support The Queen, my father, The Prince of Wales, and my brother, William, all of whom know that young people are the answer to the challenges of today.”
“I am also incredibly grateful that the woman I am about to marry, Meghan, will be joining me in this work, of which she too is hugely excited to take part in.
“Before I close, my first act in this role, I am delighted to announce that the Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme will be expanded until 2019, thanks to the generosity of the United Kingdom and other countries.
“(New) 150 scholarships for study in low or middle-income countries will be made available by 2025. This scheme, which is run by Association of Commonwealth Universities, will enable more of our talented young people to access life-changing opportunities to study across the Commonwealth for generations to come.
“In recognition of her Majesty, the Queen, these scholarships will be known as Queen Elizabeth Scholarships.”