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The College is extremely grateful for the Iqbal Studentship and the Betty Grantchester Studentship

The Iqbal Bros Foundation supports deserving students to study at Lucy Cavendish, allowing them to fulfil their dreams and make a difference in society. The Iqbal Studentship will be a £10,000 award, to be split over the three years of an undergraduate degree, and will support student maintenance costs.

Iqbal Ahmed OBE, Chair of the The Iqbal Bros Foundation says:

“I was born and brought up in a rural village in Sylhet, Bangladesh where I finished my primary and secondary education.  The liberation war in 1971 between East and West Pakistan forced my family to flee to the UK.  Education is very important to me and something that I have always valued. I have established a high school and college in the village where I came from and a passion for education has led to the formation of The Iqbal Bros Foundation which supports education among other things. I dreamt of going to an educational institution such as Cambridge and the fact that I have been privileged, as a result of working hard, to support Lucy Cavendish has given me a great sense of pride and achievement.”

The Studentship is open to British-Bangladeshi students; current offer-holders will be invited to self-nominate for the award following A-level results this summer. A College panel will then select the successful student.

Through her family's trust, the Fairway Trust, Lady Grantchester had been a benefactor to the College from the late 1970s. Lucy Cavendish then received a legacy gift of £20,000 as a final donation in her memory in 2021. 

That legacy gift will fund the Betty Grantchester Studentship, a one-off grant of £5,000 to a first-year undergraduate student, and will be repeated for the next three years. The award is open to UK female undergraduate students studying a STEM subject and all eligible offer-holders to the College will be automatically considered.

Lady Grantchester treasured her association with Lucy Cavendish, being particularly drawn to the support the College provides for students from all walks of life and all backgrounds. She believed that education was the key to helping young people improve their life prospects and her association with the College was one, very important, way that she could help this happen.

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