Recipients of The Wates Foundation Scholarship had the opportunity to meet James Wates CBE, Chairman of The Wates Group and a previous Governor of the University of Westminster.

The event took place on Wednesday 3 October, giving a chance for James, a long-time supporter of the University, to connect with student beneficiaries and learn about the difference the scholarship has made to them.

The Wates Group is one of the largest privately-owned construction, development and property services companies in the UK, working towards a sustainable long-term future of the built environment. Their charitable arm, The Wates Foundation, has made grants totalling over £100 million for almost 50 years to a range of projects and initiatives.

The Wates Scholarships offer financial assistance to Westminster’s UK home students who are the first in their family to attend University and are embarking on full-time undergraduate study within the School of Architecture and Cities. 11 students have been awarded the Wates scholarship since 2016, all studying a range of different disciples including Architecture and Interiors, Real Estate, Tourism and Events and Property and Planning. The £2,000 annual scholarship contributes to students’ living costs, enabling them to fully focus on their studies whilst alleviating financial stress and worry.

Scholar Ewan Smith, who is in his final year of BA Tourism and Events Management, said, “Having the support from Wates is an honour and an incentive to do well. At times when I've struggled, it reminded me that I wasn't doing this alone and I'm truly thankful to have received this scholarship.”

Another scholar, Maryam Islam, who is in her second year of studying BSc Architecture with Environmental Design, said: “Receiving the scholarship felt like a dream, I couldn’t believe that I was chosen out of the thousands who applied. It has helped me to buy resources to create models and designs for my course without having to worry about expenses. It has also supported me financially with everyday living costs.”

Dr Peter Bonfield, Vice Chancellor and President of the University, said, “The Wates Foundation scholarship awards help our students to become a beacon of good examples, radiating our University’s core values of being compassionate, responsible and progressive, to everyone around them.”

Find out more about the School of Architecture and Cities here.

Cover image: The Wates Foundation Scholars, from right to left: Bridey Swarbrick Schwarz (Development Officer), Joshua Bulman, Paul King, James Wates CBE (Chairman, The Wates Group), Ewan Smith, Aya Rasheed, Maryam Daoudi, Maryam Islam, and Dr Peter Bonfield, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Westminster.

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