The Foundation

The idea

The Mark Evison Foundation’s mission is to promote the personal development of young people through the undertaking of challenges.

We invite young people to create and plan projects which are personally challenging. Such projects develop confidence, strength, resilience and breadth, as applicants take independent ownership of something they are keen to do. Applications are self-designed.


We provide mentoring and expenses funding for accepted projects. Applications must be created from scratch, well outside the individual(s) comfort zone, non-curricular and non-commercial.

Afterwards, networking opportunities are offered through our alumni scheme.

About Mark

Lt Mark Evison died in 2009 from a gunshot wound while serving as a British army officer in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was attempting to get the platoon to safety following an ambush. The Foundation was set up in his memory, and his values and characters are a driving force within it. Mark chose to set himself many difficult challenges, always showing grit, resilience, kindness, innovation, integrity and team support. His story inspires many of our young applicants.

Read more about Mark’s story here.

‘Do not go where the path may lead, instead go where there is no path and leave a trail.’
– Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882

Mark Evison

The awards

Awards carry an legitimate expenses allowance.

  • Annual School Awards are available for students aged 16-18 at our partner state-run schools. We visit schools to encourage students to apply and select successful applications. Applicants (whether individuals or groups) are asked to create and plan their chosen project, present this to us, carry through their plans and then tell us about it afterwards. They then have the opportunity to inspire the next year’s cohort at their school assembly by sharing what they did.
    These are the majority of our awards, and most of the schools have high indices of deprivation and are located in disadvantaged areas of London. Expenses allowed up to £500.
  • Memorial School Awards are given annually in the two schools that Mark attended: Dulwich College and Charterhouse. Expenses allowed up to £500.
  • Major Awards are for young people aged 19-25 for more demanding challenges. Applicants can be based anywhere in the UK. Expenses allowed up to £5000.


We also offer one special award:

  • The Australian Outback Award is open to young people aged 18-25 and offers the opportunity to spend spend 6 months working as jackaroo or jillaroo (working farm hand) on a sheep station in southern New South Wales, Australia.


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