Celebrating student support

21 March 2012

On Monday 12 March we hosted our second student-led Scholarships and Bursaries reception, to celebrate the impact of philanthropic support for our students. We were pleased to welcome a number of generous donors who had supported a named scholarship or bursary at UCL. Over 30 student ambassadors attended the event, all of whom are current recipients of student support.

Maja Lukomska

The audience heard speeches from Professor Malcolm Grant, UCL President and Provost, Maja Łukomska, recipient of the Sarmatian Bursary and William Mayor, recipient of the Aardvark Bursary. Maja and William both spoke movingly of the difference receiving a scholarship has made to their lives. Originally from Poland, Maja is currently in her first year studying BA European Social and Political Studies at UCL, and as she said at the event, receiving a scholarship has made an immense difference:

The costs of living in the UK, and in London especially, overwhelmed me. I knew I would never have the money, even if I worked during the whole holidays and during term time, as the amount to gather was just too great to earn whilst studying at the same time. I applied for the scholarship which I found through the website but I did not hold out much hope. And then the email that I received from the Scholarships Office made me feel like the happiest, most blessed and most grateful person ever. Somebody out there decided to give me the greatest chance of my life, to get an education without having to worry about survival. This was the day that changed my life, and it is thanks to people like you that students like me and all my colleagues receive such great news

We were also delighted to be joined by Mr Cyrus Ardalan (UCL Economics 1972), donor to The Ardalan Family Scholarship, who spoke compellingly about his experiences of making a gift in support of UCL students.

The event provided our guests with the opportunity to meet our students and to learn from them just how important the support of UCL’s friends and donors is, now more than ever.

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