Your gift in action
- Jeremy prepares for Xtreme Everest expedition
- Innovation at the Institute of Making
- Louise's story - Impact Studentship
- Two ‘Lucky Dogs’: From a five minute film to a four month adventure
- Alumni giving supports rising sports stars
- Celebrating student support
- Hosting our first Paralympic Sports Taster Day thanks to your support!
- Redevelopment of Lewis's Building supported by alumni and friends
- Galton's Kantsaywhere
- Helping to rebuild Haiti
- Grant Museum of Zoology becomes 21st century ‘museum laboratory’
- UCL Laws mooting teams able to attend prestigious competitions
- Alumni and friends help UCL research healthier cities
- UCL alumni: the lifeline that helped me reach my potential
- Supporting women's health and international development in Malawi
- Helping communities in Peru to construct their future
- UCL alumni and friends raising the bar
- New uses for old spaces
- "I am so grateful"
- Enhancing the student experience
- Help a student with financial concerns
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.
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.