Philanthropy continues to have an incredible impact on the student experience at York by empowering our students to achieve their potential through scholarships and other awards. You have made a significant difference to many young lives

This year you established several new awards to help York students shine in their academic and extracurricular lives, free of financial worries. You have leveled the playing field for York students and helped the University retain its diverse community of scholars.


The Sharifah Sofia Albukhary Scholarship programme was set up by the Albukhary Foundation to support international students to complete undergraduate degrees at York. The Albukhary Foundation is a charity committed to facilitating access for talented young people to a world-class education. The award is open to students from Asia and each scholarship is worth up to £20,000 over three years to help with fees and living costs. In 2017/18 it supported students from Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Ghana, among others.


Simon Bryceson (1982, Politics) has established the Simon Bryceson Scholarship to support master’s students in the area of international politics and development in the Department of Politics with a £5,000 award. The scholarship helps young people to bridge the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate study, with a generous grant towards their fees.

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars Charitable Trust has established the Arts Scholars MA Awards, which are also £5,000 awards for postgraduate students doing a master’s programme in the Department of History of Art. The awards are targeted towards young people living in the UK who have experienced financial hardship. Successful candidates also benefit from mentoring from members of the Arts Scholars’ Company, a Livery Company in the City of London. The Scholarship is an exciting opportunity for those wanting to prepare for the opportunities and challenges of a career in the arts and heritage sector.


Earlier this year an incredible opportunity from our partner, Santander Universities, meant that one of the University of York’s talented students was able to take up a once-in-a-lifetime summer scholarship worth $10,000 at Yale University. The Yale Summer Sessions offer academically challenging and innovative courses to students from around the world. Santander Universities was able to offer the scholarship to one student from one of their UK partner universities and we were delighted that they chose the University of York.

The successful scholar was Rose Anne Evans, who chose the Introduction to Psychology summer session, as she hopes to do a master’s in Psychology after finishing her degree in French and German.

Before flying out to Yale, Rose Ann told us:

“Receiving the scholarship has enabled me to pursue this amazing opportunity which I would otherwise be unable to fund and also to create more links with people who are as enthusiastic and passionate as I am about psychology.”