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Scholarship support stories

Here are some inspirational stories from some of our scholarship donors and recipients.

Craig Green

John Lyon’s Charity Postgraduate Bursary recipient

The John Lyon’s Charity Postgraduate Bursary supported Craig Green to study on Central Saint Martins’ renowned MA Fashion programme. Craig was the first member of his family to attend higher education, and he has achieved high accolades. Even before graduating, he won major prizes from Bally Shoes and New Era. At London Fashion Week 2012 he was the joint winner of the prestigious L’Oréal Professionnel Creative Award.

"Coming from a family where both parents have no income, support like this is paramount in completing my education, for which I couldn't be more grateful. I only hope that other students in similar situations have the support and opportunities I have been given."

Patrick Lynch

Patrick and Kelly Lynch Scholarship donor

Patrick and Kelly Lynch are contemporary art collectors and donors to the University. Over four years, Patrick and Kelly have generously supported a Scholarship for MA Fine Art students at Chelsea College of Art, which has enabled five students to further their education and launch their careers.

"I want to encourage the best, most ambitious and talented artists from anywhere in the world to apply to Chelsea. The Scholarship offers freedom from financial worries so that gifted emerging artists can focus on development of their work and realise their full potential."

Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum Scholarship donor

Celebrated international artist Mona Hatoum won a scholarship to attend Byam Shaw School of Art (now part of Central Saint Martins) in the 1970s. On winning two major International Art Prizes, Mona Hatoum has very generously donated the proceeds to support a postgraduate scholarship for international students at Central Saint Martins.

"I was on a visit to London in 1975 when the war broke out in Beirut and I found myself stranded here. The Byam Shaw School of Art granted me a place and a scholarship without which I could not have realised my ambition of being an artist. When I won the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2010, I decided to donate the proceeds to help aspiring artists from overseas to benefit from a British art school education, just as I did."

Jennifer Ballie

Neals Yard PhD Scholarship recipient

Juliet and Peter Kindersley generously donated the Neals Yard PhD Scholarship to support research into issues around textiles, ethical fashion and sustainability. Jennifer Ballie was awarded the scholarship in 2007 to undertake a PhD within the Textiles Futures Group, a cross-College collaboration between London College of Fashion, Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Art. Her research was about “co-design”, designing with people rather than for people. The outcomes have been widely shared through published books, design projects, workshops, lectures, and conference presentations.

"The Neals Yard PhD Scholarship has provided me with time, resources and support to pursue a passion and a dream. I am so thankful and grateful for this opportunity. The opportunities connected to this PhD have been amazing and completely life changing and my time at the University of the Arts London has been incredible."

Daniel Liberto

Financial Times Bursary recipient

Over six years, the Financial Times has supported an annual Bursary for students on the MA Journalism course at London College of Communication. It also offers recipients an internship placement. Daniel Liberto, who was awarded the Bursary in 2011/12, would not have been able to undertake the highly regarded Masters in Journalism without this assistance. He has gone on to work as a financial reporter at the Financial Times.

"The Financial Times Bursary has had a profound impact on my life and I will forever be grateful to the FT for enabling me to study journalism. For years, I had dreamt of embarking on a career in journalism. The course transformed me from a talented and determined writer into a fully capable and qualified journalist. In the space of a year, I’ve gone from working minimum wage jobs to securing my first job in journalism."