On 10th November, the Department of Development & Alumni Relations (DDAR) launched a crowdfunding appeal in support of Gold Scholarships to help secure the future of the Programme and widen its reach.

A generous donation of £5,000 of match funding from one of our graduates helped set the appeal off to a great start, and in less than two weeks it has reached over 60% of the overall goal. Donations have been received from over 120 alumni and friends of the University – 55 of whom were making a gift for the first time.

Generous donors have given approximately £1.25 million to the Gold Scholarship Programme since its launch in 2017. Now that the first cohorts of students have graduated with outstanding results, we’re looking to secure the longevity of the Programme by broadening our donor base.

The new appeal invites alumni and other supporters to make a one-off gift of any size – engaging new donors who may not yet be in a position to make a larger or regular donation.

Breaking down barriers

The Gold Scholarship Programme makes a huge difference to our students. Each Scholarship includes a £5,000 bursary for each year of study, as well as a tailored programme of skills workshops, access to mentoring and support to carry out 50 hours of volunteering or outreach work per year.

One of our Class of 2021 scholars says:

The Gold Scholarship has allowed me to fully embrace and get involved in all that the University has to offer, and to start new experiences without the financial worry of missing out on paid work. I am so grateful for the scholarship.

The Programme also supports our wider commitment to diversity and inclusion at Bath – and recently won ‘Highest Impact University Initiative’ at the upReach Student Social Mobility Awards. You can read more about the amazing effects of a Gold Scholarship in our BA2 feature.