Welcome for new Trust scholars

On Saturday 13 October, the Trust hosted its annual Welcome Event for all those newly-arrived students it supports with its global partners.

The Trust made 549 awards this year, and more than 300 of those scholars were in attendance, representing 83 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe.  With the support of a wide range of scholarships, these students are embarking on degree courses at the University of Cambridge in a wide range of subjects, from Advanced Chemical Engineering and African Studies to Veterinary Science and Zoology.

Helen Pennant, the Trust’s Director, welcomed the students and congratulated them on having been successful in winning scholarships, particularly as the Trust, which provides the largest number of scholarships at Cambridge, receives in the region of 4,000 applications each year.

The students were also addressed by the University’s 346th Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, who spoke fondly of his time in Cambridge, where he studied for a PhD in Law with the support of a Commonwealth Scholarship, and of the importance of student support.  He said “Cambridge is not an excellent university because is an ancient university, but it is an ancient university because of its continued excellence; you are now part of that striving for excellence, and of the University’s 809 year history – many congratulations!”.

A selection of images of the event can be viewed on the Trust’s Flickr pages.

The Vice-Chancellor addresses the scholars

The Vice-Chancellor addresses the scholars
Lucinda Price Photography