Star scholars offered trip-of-a-lifetime

A TRIP-of-a-lifetime to Washington DC is on offer for secondary and sixth-form students with a commitment to community service.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is inviting applications for its Neighbourhood Excellence Initiative Student Leaders award.

Five lucky winners from across the capital will take part in a paid eight-week internship at a London charity and an all-expenses paid five-day leadership summit in the US in July.

Applications, which are due by Wednesday, January 12, should include a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counsellor and should be submitted at