The London Scholarship

Supporting students to study at St Andrews

The 2012 Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral and the 2013 Service at Westminster Abbey raised almost £118,000, which was used to launch the first London Scholarship in 2013, administered by the Development Office at St Andrews as part of their Wardlaw Scholarships Scheme.  Following the 2014 Service held at Westminster Central Hall and other fundraising activities since, the endowment fund stands at over £190,000 which allowed the selection of a second London Scholar who started at St Andrews in 2016. In 2017 the first London Scholar graduated from the University which allowed a third London Scholar to start in September 2017.

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage young students from the Greater London area to study at St Andrews by equipping them with a scholarship towards their accommodation and living costs.

sherlock cruzIn 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.  Sherlock was excited to present his Senior Honours Project which he teased us by saying it “involves Virtual Reality and a Drone supplied by the school” when talking about it during his final year. Sherlock successfully graduated from the Univerisity in June 2017 and returned to London to take up a graduate job.

In his early fourth-year 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."
eleanor duceIn 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.”

September 2017 saw the arrival of a third London Scholar at St Andrews. 18 year-old Jemisha Bhalsod is undertaking an MPhys in Physics and is delighted to have the opportunity to learn and to be inspired in St Andrews.

Jemisha told the London Scholarship Fund "It is an honour to be recognised as the 'London Scholar' by the University, and by you and your generous donations. Without this scholarship I would not be able to afford to attend St Andrews... despite being here for only three weeks, I am now proud to call [it] my home.

Every day I continue to be inspired by both the competitive, passionate and talented students and academics that I am surrounded by... How often could anybody by lucky enough to walk the pier in their red gown, and walk the streets of Agnes Forbes Blackadder, notable as the first female graduate of St Andrews... the chance to be involved with the 'Women for Women International' and 'Women who Work' is testament to the wealth of opportunities afforded to me at St Andrews... and I am exposed to all of this because of you."