A legacy of opportunity

Highlighting inspirational donor: Peter Whelpton

Leaving a gift in your will is one of the most generous and selfless things you can do. Legacy gifts support a variety of students, projects and transformational research at York and inspire others to give.

One of the University’s most inspiring donors is alumnus Peter Whelpton (Economics,1969) who left the University of York a bequest in his will and sadly died in January 2017.

Peter made a gift in 2010 to establish the York Opportunity Awards (YOAs) to help undergraduate students who have overcome significant personal and social barriers to access a university education. The awards support those who have been in care, have a disability, are the first in their family to go to university, or who come from a minority ethnic group.

A gift for future generations

Peter left a legacy gift to the University which will ensure the YOAs can continue to support these students for many years to come. In 2017/18 the University’s Widening Participation team was able to make 17 new YOA awards.

Gratefully received…

The students who benefit from the funding of a YOA (they receive £1,100 per year over the three years of an undergraduate course) continue to be very grateful for the support and vote of confidence that comes with receiving the award.

“This award will enable me to concentrate on my studies and continue volunteer work and placements. Your donations are helping students like me to fulfil our potential.”

Lindsey, 2017/18 YOA recipient