08 April 2011

Scholarships awarded to talented students

Scholarship recipients with David Wickett

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Keith Burnett hosted a special reception on Wednesday 6 April at the University to award scholarships worth £132,000 to 48 talented and deserving students who are in need of extra financial support. The event was attended by 155 students, staff, alumni and friends, and the guest of honour was alumnus and donor Mr David Wickett, owner of the Fat Cat pub and the Kelham Island Brewery in Sheffield.

Scholarships such as these are funded entirely by philanthropic donations to the University of Sheffield Alumni Fund from alumni, friends and current and former staff. During the reception, the 2010/2011 Alumni Scholarship recipients were awarded their certificates, and along with members from a number of Clubs and Societies including the Flute Choir and Dancesport which had benefitted from Alumni Foundation Grants, were given the opportunity to thank donors for their support.

Miles Stevenson, Director of Development at the University of Sheffield, said, “At a time when many people are very concerned about the increased costs of going to university, it is tremendous to have reached a milestone with our 10,000th gift. Ten thousand individual decisions have been made by supporters who want to help the University, which is a fantastic demonstration of generosity. The Scholarship Presentation Reception highlights the channelling of these gifts to assist the brightest student scholars at the University of Sheffield. We are delighted to enable them to fulfil their potential.”

Dancesport performing at the reception

Congratulations to all our scholarship recipients, and many thanks to all of you who have supported and continue to support the Alumni Fund - you really have made a difference to the lives of many of our brightest students.

If you would like to make a gift to the University of Sheffield Alumni Fund, please follow the link below. For more information about philanthropic gifts to the University, please contact Ben Wilson, Annual Giving Manager, at ben.wilson@sheffield.ac.uk
or by telephone on (0114) 222 5594.