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Trust Funds support further scholarships and bursaries

Posted Thursday 18 June 2015

Trust Funds support further scholarships and bursaries

We are very pleased to announce that The Syed Hamid Charitable Trust and The Mollie Clay Trust have made further generous awards to Kingston University's Scholarships and Bursaries programmes.

The two Trusts have made donations totalling £8,000 that will provide two postgraduate scholarships and two care leavers' bursaries. These will be awarded to new students at the beginning of the next academic year.

The scholarships will help the brightest and best students continue with their studies, whilst the bursaries will encourage and enable two young care leavers – a group that are still very underrepresented in Higher Education – to pursue life-changing degrees.

The two trustees, Syed Hamid himself, and his business partner Navin Rathod, have a strong desire to enable young people to pursue their educational dreams, both in the UK and overseas.

Additionally, the Mollie Clay Trust was set up by Mr Hamid in memory of his friend who cared deeply about society – particularly education. Mollie worked as a physiotherapist at Hammersmith Hospital and was the Honorary Secretary to the Ealing Overseas Committee, providing support and guidance for new students coming to the UK. She was also a talented singer, a keen traveller, and a contestant on the Channel 4 programme Countdown.

Mollie died in 2007 after bravely fighting a long illness. However her memory still lives on and the causes that she was most passionate about are continued with the Trust.

Last year's postgraduate scholars are now approaching the end of their degrees. Jennifer Rozier, who was awarded The Mollie Clay Trust Scholarship, is entering the final stages of her MSc in Geographical Information Systems and Science. Whilst Selina Sykes, who was awarded the Syed Hamid Charitable Trust Scholarship, is putting the finishes touches to her MA in Journalism. Both students have expressed their heartfelt thanks to the Trusts that are enabling their studies.

It is through the generosity of such Trusts that Kingston is able to reach out to even more young people, and encourage them to pursue postgraduate degrees, or even to consider a university degree at all.

If you would like to know more about our work with trusts and foundations, please contact Jason Barlow, Annual Fund Manager at j.barlow@kingston.ac.uk or on 020 8417 3112.

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