Over £5.2m donated to the University of Glasgow Scholarships Fund

Issued: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:17:00 BST

The University of Glasgow Scholarships Fund has received over £5.2m in donations since it was launched in 2007 thanks to the support of alumni and friends of the university.  The money raised has enabled the university to provide opportunities to bright undergraduate students facing financial hardship and to attract the very best postgraduate students internationally.

‎One of the scholarship recipients is mature student Mark Alexander:

Mark Alexander - mature student supported with scholarship funding“Without the scholarship, I would have had to work longer hours in my part-time job which would have restricted my time to study and, ultimately, would have impacted my results.  Time is tight enough with a 16 hour a week job, up to four hours a day travelling to university and spending time with my wife and two children.  Being awarded a scholarship could make the difference between students passing their degree or dropping out due to financial pressures.”

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, Professor Anton Muscatelli, praised the fundraising efforts to date and said that he would like to see the university provide even more scholarships to students who want to study at Glasgow:

“I am extremely proud to have seen our scholarship funding grow over the past five years and I would like to thank and acknowledge all those who have supported the university, and our students, in this special way.  It is so important to be able to provide opportunities for talented individuals who may otherwise have found it hard to study with us here at the University of Glasgow.  Our scholarship holders contribute greatly to life at the university by making it a diverse and rich place to study, where people from every walk of life are welcomed and valued.  Given the current economic climate, it is more important than ever to increase scholarship funding to encourage students to pursue higher education.  The university therefore remains committed to building on the success of this initiative.”

A wide range of scholarships is offered throughout the university for students studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The university’s latest fundraising appeal aims to establish a scholarship to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of the famous explorer David Livingstone (1813-1873), who was an alumnus of the university.  The David Livingstone Scholarship will enable a student from the developing world to pursue a PhD at the university gaining the necessary skills to address some of the most pressing health and environmental issues in their home country.

If you would like to support the Scholarships Fund please contact the Development & Alumni Office on 0141 330 4951.

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For more information, contact Cara MacDowall on 0141 330 3683 or email cara.macdowall@glasgow.ac.uk

 

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