Cambridge Bursary Scheme
Meritocracy in action
I am the first from my family to go to university, and without the help from this Award I don't think it would be financially feasible for me to attend. So the support that I receive from this Award is much more than helpful; it secures the ability for me to continue in higher education.
Jazmin Glassborow (Murray Edwards College, Economics,
Recipient of a Man Group plc Bursary)
The University of Cambridge has one of the most extensive financial support programmes for undergraduate students in the UK. Launched in 2005, the Cambridge Bursary Scheme is funded by the University of Cambridge, the Isaac Newton Trust, the Colleges of Cambridge, and by generous gifts from numerous donors whose support has made a world-class Cambridge education a reality for multitudes of students whose financial situation would otherwise have prevented them from coming here. Donations to the bursary scheme from companies such as the Man Group plc, and awards such as the Pilgrim Next Generation Awards, have been indispensable in enabling students to focus on making the most of their time at Cambridge, without financial worries.
While at Cambridge I've tried to take advantage of as many opportunities that have been available to me as possible … At the start of my second year I wanted to put something back into the community, so I joined SIFE Cambridge (Students in Free Enterprise). My particular project works with a group of dairy farmers in the small village of Mbaruk in Kenya, and over the summer I was fortunate enough to go to Mbaruk with a colleague from SIFE Cambridge to see first-hand their impoverished living conditions and the work that's going on to change their lives…I very much doubt I'd have been able to go to Kenya without the support from the Award, and would have missed out on the many valuable life experiences that I gained from going. I'd have also probably had to work over the holidays, leaving me with less time to do academic work, and so may not have done as well in my exams …Thank you very much for the support you've given me - it really is appreciated!
Jeremy Coulon (Sidney Sussex, Mathematics, recipient of a Man Group plc Bursary)
The Pilgrim Next Generation Award has been unbelievable in aiding all parts of my Cambridge life. It has enabled me to purchase textbooks and journals, which have greatly aided my academic work … Getting to know such a wide variety of people from such different backgrounds has allowed me to develop myself as an individual. Without this bursary, I would undoubtedly have been unable to support myself through University and I would have missed … what has unquestionably become the greatest experience in my life, thus far.
Irfan Rahman (Gonville and Caius, History, recipient of a Pilgrim Next Generation Award)
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