Alumni Fund USA

US fundraising priorities

US Study Abroad Scholars with VC

The focus of our fundraising in the United States is people. The majority of funds raised have been allocated to scholarships for talented students who find they need a little extra financial help to make the most of their opportunities in Sheffield.

The Alumni Scholarship

A regular Sheffield Alumni Scholarship is worth £3,000 a year, for 3 years, and donations from American alumni help us to provide more of these. Students are carefully selected by a panel of staff, students and alumni in Sheffield. We have plenty of success stories about tremendous impact these awards make to the success of each student. 

US Study Abroad Scholarships

The University of Sheffield in America also runs a special scholarship programme for American Study Abroad students, who come to Sheffield either for a full year or one semester, as part of their US college degree. 

Being able to offer the best Study Abroad applicants a partial scholarship (£1,000 for a full year or £500 for one semester) provides a valuable incentive for them to choose Sheffield as their Study Abroad destination.

"My time in Sheffield has been nothing short of unforgettable. The people I met at Sheffield have had such a profound impact on my life here at the University of Illinois, and every day even more influences become apparent. I am extremely grateful for the scholarship I received."
Jen Gonzalez, Urban Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

These scholarships are entirely funded by American alumni and are a fantastic way to strengthen Sheffield's international reputation, build on the diversity of our campus, and enhance our student experience.

Decision making

The University of Sheffield in America is a separate legal entity from the University.

Decisions on how Sheffield in America donations are spent can only be made by its Board of Directors; all Sheffield alumni and/or donors, all volunteers. This separation ensures autonomy for the US Directors to direct donations in the best interest of both the University and its US supporters.

The Board of Directors will always consider the express wishes of donors who prefer to direct a gift towards another area of the University, such as an academic department or research project.