Supporting 300 students through our centenary scholarships

Posted by cc576 at Dec 30, 2020 11:00 PM |
Supporting and recognising students

As part of our centenary legacy, 300 first year undergraduate students who have overcome adversity have received £1,000 centenary scholarships, over the last three years. These special scholarships, 100 of which were given out each year between 2018 and 2021, have supported these students in their first year of study.

The Centenary Scholarship programme was created to commemorate the founding of the University nearly 100 years ago by members of the local community, to honour loved ones who served, and in many cases died, in World War I.

Steve O’connor, Engage 100 Theme Lead had this to say about the impact of the initiative, and expressed thanks to those who have made it providing them possible: ‘We are delighted to be celebrating our talented Centenary Scholars as we launch the University’s Centenary programme. These special scholarships, made possible by the generous philanthropy of our alumni, friends and supporters, are a fitting testament to the vision of our founders and our continuing commitment to widening access to higher education.’

The scholarships recognise students who have overcome adversity or made sacrifices in pursuit of their goals, in service to something greater than themselves.

Robert Lee, who studies law with politics, was one of the recipients. He said: “Thanks to the scholarship, during my end of year revision period I was able to focus on study, less concerned by money worries. In the spirit of the scholarship, I have been inspired to give something back; I applied and was elected for positions in two different university societies, allowing me to help people in the local community and mature students in the same position I was [in] this time last year.

“I finished the first year with marks beyond my expectations! I now feel confident to build on my achievements and hopefully go on to continued academic success.”

Criminology student, Lucy Sarroukh, added: “The centenary scholarship has helped both financially and with my confidence. I now feel as though as I am accepted as an academic, whereas before I was seen as a mother, wife, housekeeper and carer.”

Nursing student, James Cooke commented: "This scholarship has instilled a great sense of community and belonging for me, which the University of Leicester radiates. I feel like a part of a bigger community and for this fantastic opportunity I have been given, I too one day hope to be in a position in which I can do something similar to this, like the generous philanthropists have done."

The former PACE team (now known as DARO), offered words of encouragement to recipients of the Centenary Scholars initiative, commenting: “The PACE team has had the pleasure of working with our Centenary Scholars over the last three years, we are continually impressed by their drive and determination to succeed and we are delighted to have been able to support them in some way on their first steps in higher education. We wish all of our Centenary Scholars well.”

These scholarships were made possible through the generosity of our philanthropic community and their dedication supporting students in Leicester.

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