In September 2013, 18 year-old Sherlock Cruz started his first year of a BSc (Hons) Economics as the inaugural “London Scholar”. Sherlock, from West London, chose St Andrews because of its reputation, and its flexible modular system. Sherlock has continued to enjoy his time at St Andrews, having switched to Computer Science during the course of his studies. As he enters his fourth and final year he is excited to be preparing his Senior Honours Project which will be unveiled later in the year – although the details are still under wraps, Sherlock has disclosed that it “involves Virtual Reality and a Drone supplied by the school.”
In his most recent report to the London Scholarship Fund, Sherlock observed that: “I’m feeling positive going into my last year. It is really quite frightening, knowing that this will be my last year at St Andrews. But I hope that this will push me to make the most of everything on offer before I finish.
My parents are already talking about every aspect of graduation, and every day are seemingly inviting more and more family and friends to come to Scotland to join in the celebration. I am the first of my siblings to graduate and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to come to St Andrews and make them proud. I know they, as am I, are forever grateful for the help and donations made to the London Scholarship that have helped make it possible. Thank you."
In September 2016, 18 year-old Eleanor Duce started her first year of an MA (Hons) Modern Languages as the second “London Scholar”. Eleanor, who hails from Hounslow, is grateful for the opportunity to study in an institution as prestigious as St Andrews, especially as she is one of the first members of her family to go to University.
In her introductory biography to the London Scholarship Fund, Eleanor writes “I am very excited to embark on my undergraduate journey and explore new areas of study – in particular, the Mediaeval and Renaissance texts in English next year – and pursue interests I already have, such as Latin American poetry.
In addition to my studies, I have started netball training after being selected for the university second team and I am very interested in getting involved with both the Hispanic and Italian societies. Like many others, I am an avid fan of the Great British Bake Off and have created a weekly event in my hall so residents can come together to enjoy the show and share baked goods. Moreover, I have become a Student Ambassador and enrolled in the Widening Participation scheme, First Chances. As part of this, I will mentor a group of younger students from schools with low progression rates to further education and I will teach them about the opportunities that are available to them.
Once again, I want to thank you for this scholarship and I will strive to show you how I grow both personally and academically as a result of being a St Andrews undergraduate student. Your kindness is most appreciated.”