Education is a fundamental tool to empowerment, but higher education opportunities are snatched away from refugees who face great uncertainty about whether they can ever return to study, even for the most able students.
The Balliol College JCR and MCR are collectively seeking to establish the Balliol Students’ Scholarship to respond to this crisis in the small way that we can. This scholarship will fully fund an undergraduate degree every two years, through a combination of donations from current students and alumni.
The current JCR and MCR have come together to create the Students’ Giving Campaign by an opt-out levy of £4 a term. Over 90% of non-finalist JCR members have already given this term raising almost £900. We’d now like to invite finalists to join us by giving a regular gift of £12 a year. If 33 finalists sign up we can meet our goal of opening applications for a Michaelmas 2017 entry.
To turn this aspiration into a reality and transform the lives of the most academically able refugee students, we need your support. Balliol has a proud history of welcoming refugees, most notably in the case of Jewish refugees prior to and during the Second World War. Please help us to forge the next chapter of this history.
Annie Williamson (2014), JCR PresidentCalum White (2013), MCR President
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