Record year for fundraising at Wolfson

Graduation Dinner 2023

In 2022/23, the Development Team had our most successful year in recent history, and we are grateful to all those who contributed to Wolfson during the year, writes Development Director, Simon Crookall.

Graduation Dinner 2023

Our goal is to raise much-needed funds for Student Support, Capital Projects, Research, and other aspects of College life such as the Boat Club and the Music Society. I also wish to extend my personal thanks to everyone who has made me feel so welcome in my first year as part of the Wolfson community.

We were delighted to be able to announce two new endowed postgraduate scholarships donated by alumni during the year. John Hughes (1969), endowed a PhD scholarship with matching funding from the University’s Student Support Initiative, and Mark Boyce (1993), endowed an MPhil scholarship for a student working in the area of sustainability and conservation. Both John and Mark have been elected to a Bredon Fellowship at Wolfson in recognition of the incredible difference their support will make to our community.

Other significant gifts during the year included the donation of a new boat for the Men’s First Eight, by alumni and former WCBC members, Allison and Tom Ujejski (1985), as well as a major contribution to the Tao Gung Wu Scholarship fund from Singapore resident, Alan Chan. In addition, having experienced the transformational impact of a Wolfson education in his own life, alumnus Ibrahim Mohammed (2016) has introduced us to a new partnership with the Aziz Foundation to support MPhil students from British Muslim communities – a very important step in our goal of widening access to Wolfson.

In total, over £2.25 million was raised during the year, with an additional £1.7 million pledged for future payment.

Wolfson continued its commitment to support as many students as possible with scholarships and bursaries, with over £1.5 million being awarded to students during the year, of which donations from alumni matched more than one to one by external funding bodies such as the Cambridge Trust.

As we look to the coming year, our priority is to continue funding student scholarships, whilst beginning to address the challenging goals that the College has set for capital expansion under the Masterplan. To this end, we will be continuing to seek more support, particularly among alumni, both through gifts this year, and through legacy pledges to support the long-term future of the College. In these challenging economic times, we need to be able to provide our students with the best possible opportunities to succeed and thrive.

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