The Upholders Charity Bob Fowlds Memorial Scholarship


Application criteria

The Upholders Charity provides scholarships for students aged between 16 and 24 years and adults in financial need who are studying for an AMUSF qualification. Each scholarship covers up to 50% of the cost of one stage of the AMUSF upholstery diploma qualification. More information on the AMUSF qualifications can be found by contacting one of the AMUSF Approved Training Centres: 

When to apply

Scheme opens:  1st March 2021

Closing date for applications:  30th June 2021

Scholarship Eligibility

Candidates need to meet one of the criteria below and be able to provide relevant documentary evidence to support their application.  Applications without the correct supporting evidence will not be considered.  Please ensure you have sought the permission of any third party before you provide any evidence which may include their personal data.

Scholarships are available to candidates who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be between 16 and 24 years of age
  • Free School Meals
  • 16 to 19 Bursary or Education Maintenance Allowance
  • Further Education Discretionary Learner Support
  • Income support, Job Seeker’s Allowance, Employment & Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Working or Child Tax Credit
  • Asylum Support

How to apply

Applications must be made using the attached application form. The application form must be countersigned by an Approved AMUSF Training Centre.

The completed application form must be submitted by email to the Clerk at Your application will be rejected if you do not provide a complete, countersigned application form together with evidence of your eligibility to apply. 

What happens next

The Upholders Charity aims to process applications within 28 days of the closing date, and you will be notified of the outcome of your application by email.

Should your application be successful, you will receive a Letter of Award by email. This sets out the terms and conditions of the scholarship and your obligations as a recipient. Payment of the scholarship will be made directly to the AMUSF Training Centre. If you have paid the course fee directly to the AMUSF Training Centre, please state this in the application form. 

If you have any questions about the scheme, the application form, or if you have not heard from The Upholders Charity with the outcome of your application and more than 28 days have passed since the closing date please email the Clerk at

An Upholders Charity Bob Fowlds Memorial Scholarship is awarded at the absolute discretion of the Trustees and may not be appealed. Feedback is not given to unsuccessful applicants.

If you are unsuccessful in your application this year, you may apply again next year.

Important note: If you are successful in applying for a scholarship and subsequently fail to complete the course you may be required to pay back the monies you received.

About the Bob Fowlds Donation

Bob Fowlds was the last surviving upholsterer of the family business A. V. Fowlds & Sons Limited.  The family business had been active in the upholstery trade in South London and beyond for 150 years.  When Bob died suddenly in 2020, his sister, Barbara, kindly agreed to make a substantial donation in memory of her brother, to the Upholders Charity to support the training of disadvantaged upholstery students.

The Scholarship is funded through The Upholders Charity of the Worshipful Company of Upholders and a donation made by Barbara Fowlds.

Please note that the Application Form itself is only available through the Training Centre that has offered you a place on Stage 1, 2 or 3 of the AMUSF upholstery diploma qualification.