A message from the Trustees
Lady Viqarunnissa Noon was a unique character who founded a trust with two main objectives: To give some of the brightest Pakistani students the chance to study at Britain’s best universities and to reinforce links between Britain, the country where she was brought up, and Pakistan, her adopted home. Vicky Noon, as she was called by her friends, had always recognised, during her long period as wife to one of Pakistan’s most honourable and prominent politicians, and after his death, that education was the lifeblood of any country. This was true whatever the economic or political situation; and indeed the country’s future depended on the young.
She was influenced by the integrity and commitment of many of Pakistan’s founding fathers, and realised how important it was to give opportunities to the brightest men and women of Pakistan who might play a leading role in the future. Some of these high achievers rightly aspire to attend the very best universities, and Lady Noon was convinced that these included Oxford and Cambridge. The trustees of the Noon Foundation – drawn from government, academe, public life and media , distinguished in their various ways, all have personal links with Pakistan. They aim to deliver the Founder’s ision with the funds that she so generously left for this purpose.
Competition to get into Oxford and Cambridge is fierce. Pakistanis applying for Noon funding need first to approach the universities directly and secure admission, by dint of scholarship and a very good command of English. If they request Noon funding, their papers will be forwarded by the universities to the Noon Trustees. We meet in the early summer to go carefully through the material provided. The criteria followed are those set out on the preceding page. We look for those who can show evidence of their commitment to return to Pakistan, and to contribute to life in their home country, which needs the participation and skills of outstanding young people.
Since Lady Vicky Noon founded the trust, we have been able to fund more than 160 deserving young Pakistani scholars to study at the premier universities in the UK. Funds are limited, even more so at this time of economic stringency, so many applicants may be ddisappointed. But we work in partnership with various other bodies, to ensure that our support stretches as far as possible. We take pleasure in the candidates’ success, and hope to keep a record of their subsequent progress.
– Dr. Paul Flather, Chairman