13 May 2003

Dr Marjorie Shaw bursaries

Photo: Dr Marjorie Shaw

One generous act will help language students every year

By making a gift to the University of Sheffield in her Will, Marjorie Shaw will make a lasting impact on countless students in future years. Dr Shaw, a lecturer in French Language at the University for over 30 years, died in 2000 and left a gift of £150,000 to her old department.

"Her life was devoted to undergraduate student's" said colleague and friend Professor David Williams.

Her gift was made without conditions, enabling her colleagues to decide on the most effective way to use the legacy. The Department of French decided that it would reflect Marjorie Shaw's care and concern for her students if her gift was translated into bursaries, to assist students who find themselves in need of financial support. Each Dr Marjorie Shaw Bursary, worth £1,000 per year, will be given to a student to support them during their study year abroad, a crucial and compulsory part of the French undergraduate degree.

The first Dr Marjorie Shaw Scholars have now been identified. The four second-year students will make use of their bursaries on their year abroad, starting in October 2003.

Photo: bursary students

On hearing the news that he would benefit from a Dr Shaw bursary, student Rick Webb commented, "It's certainly going to be a helping hand. It shows that she really cared about us."

Dr Shaw's long and successful career at the University, including her close involvement with Tapton and Halifax Halls of Residence, has given many hundreds of alumni good cause to remember her with gratitude.

David Bradshaw OBE, one of Dr Shaw's first students at the University in 1947, remembers Marjorie with great respect and fondness. He recollects "a strong impression of her presence, energy, love of the French language, and enthusiasm for teaching it."

By leaving a gift to the University in her Will, Marjorie Shaw has ensured that her positive influence will continue.