In Lent term we were delighted to welcome staff, students, and philanthropic supporters to the annual Donors and Scholars Reception, which was held in LSE Life. Hosted by Professor Dilly Fung, Pro-Director for Education, the evening was a celebration of the impact of philanthropic scholarships and offered a unique opportunity for scholars to meet with the donors whose generosity has made their LSE education a reality.
Bill Bottriell (BSc Economics 1978), who has supported the Bottriell Scholarship since 2002, spoke at the reception, reflecting on his engagement with the scholars and the profound impression the experience has had on him. Guests also heard from scholarship recipients Elijah Walters-Othman (BA Social Anthropology) and Lucy Smith (MSc Sociology), who shared their journey to LSE and expressed their heartfelt gratitude to donors.
In 2018/19 philanthropic scholarships are supporting 170 students from 39 countries, studying in 21 departments across LSE. The generosity of our alumni, friends and supporters allows us to fulfill our pledge to widen participation in university education and provide an outstanding experience to all talented students, regardless of background or financial circumstances.
Words of gratitude from scholarship recipients
Sidney Lim (BSc Politics and Economics, Singapore LSE Trust Undergraduate Scholarship)
“The scholarship has highlighted the sheer magnitude of influence that philanthropy can have on people’s lives. This scholarship has given me the opportunity to experience things I could previously only dream of and shaped my future path beyond what I had previously imagined.”
Carly Gottroff (MSc Applied Social Data Science, American Friends of LSE Scholarship)
“Receiving this scholarship has shown me how philanthropy has a direct effect on someone’s life. I have always regarded philanthropy as a good cause, but an amorphic cause. I regarded philanthropy as something necessary for the betterment of humanity, but something only causing small effects on people lives and the world around us. This scholarship has shown me that philanthropy can define and change our lives in a direct way.”
Caitlin O’Kelley (MSc International Social & Public Policy (NGOs), Santander Scholarship)
“The best thing about receiving this scholarship has been the sense of support that comes with it. Obviously it is a major form of financial support, but there is another, less tangible support attached to it. This comes from the knowledge that someone out there has confidence in me as a student and considered me as a fit recipient for investment.”
Jesutofunmi Esther Somade (BSc Social Policy with Government, Richard Jonathan Clark Scholarship)
“Although I attended a number of events at the School through the Widening Participation events in 2016, I wasn’t convinced that I would ever obtain a place here. This scholarship has taken a huge weight off my shoulders. It motivates me every day to utilise this rare opportunity I have been given to study without worrying about the financial burden. It has made me realise that with hard work I can achieve anything and this scholarship has played a significant role on this road to making my dream a reality.”
Elvis Yarda (MSc Development Studies, Ambassador E.O. Kolade Scholarship)
“I am honoured to be the recipient of this scholarship and I am deeply grateful for the generosity, which has made it available. My educational pursuits would not be possible without this and I am humbled by the fact that you believe in me. The scholarship means I am the first in my family to study for a master’s degree. I have just begun my career in international development and I am delighted to study at the best institution for social science with a track record of producing renowned leaders across various fields.”
Tao Xu (BSc Mathematics with Economics, Betty MacQuitty Scholarship)
“For me, this scholarship has recognised my strengths and it has relieved my family of a financial burden. However, it is also pushing me to be better and work harder. Since I received this scholarship, I realised there are many more people like me in need of financial help with their education so I now volunteer as a personal tutor to students in China assisting with their university applications.”