First Dr John Burt bursary award announced by AGRA


17 March 2022
Dr Sophie Kay
Dr Sophie Kay has been announced as the first recipient of the John Burt Bursary award from the Association of of Genealogists & Researchers in Archives (AGRA).

Following the announcement last year that the Association of Genealogists & Researchers in Archives (AGRA) had instituted an annual bursary award in memory of Associate Dr John Burt, they have revealed the first bursary under the scheme has been awarded to Associate Dr Sophie Kay. She will use the money towards funding her studies with the IHGS. 

A spokesperson for AGRA explains that Dr John Burt was an Associate of AGRA, based in Scotland. His sudden death last year came as a great shock to all at AGRA. His enthusiasm and willingness to help made a huge impact on the organisation and all his colleagues. Well-loved and much respected in both the medical and genealogical communities, AGRA wished to recognise his work in the form of an annual bursary.

Dr John Burt

This £250 award is made to an AGRA Associate progressing to full membership. It goes towards the expenses of furthering their genealogical education. 

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Dr Sophie Kay, this year’s bursary award winner, said: ‘I’m honoured to have been chosen as the inaugural recipient of AGRA’s John Burt Bursary.

‘I never had the chance to meet John, but I do know he was held in high esteem by so many in our family history research community.

“I’m keen to do justice to this generous award in his name through my studies for the IHGS Higher Certificate in Genealogy.

‘My thanks to AGRA for this wonderful support in my professional development.’

Applications from Associates for the next award will need to be submitted by 31 December 2022. AGRA will issue details in due course. 

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