The University of Westminster is proud to have awarded a total of £64,658.80 to 67 successful recipients of The 125 Fund Awards after receiving almost 200 applications.
The 125 Fund is a matched funding opportunity which gives all students at the University of Westminster the opportunity to apply for funding for projects and activities which enhance their employability and professional development. Students presented a range of projects to support their personal and professional ambitions, which is considered especially important in the current climate.
In a change from previous years, students were asked to submit a two-minute video pitch, replacing written applications. Using this approach allowed students to practice their pitching skills and deliver their funding bids in far more creative and imaginative ways, providing greater depth to their projects.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the match fund provided by the Quintin Hogg Trust, Westminster has been able to award these funds to students since 2016.
Martin Sikula, who is working on his footwear business and one of this year’s recipients of the 125 Fund, said: “In the world of adversity, change and challenge, The 125 Fund is much more than just financial help. It is a possibility and demonstration that regardless of the environment and global situation, there is always a solution, opportunity and resources. This financial help came at the right time, as I had wanted to give up on my project after four years of work. But this was a new fresh light to keep going, even though the economy is not great. Since then, I have come up with new strategies on how to approach my project. I became more creative, determined and resourceful.”
Speaking about The 125 Fund, Amar Kataora, Regular Giving and Legacy Officer at the University of Westminster, added: “Adapting the process this year, allowed us to give students the freedom to express their passion for their project and how receiving the funding will make a difference to them. The creativity and enthusiasm from our students is uniquely Westminster, and great to see every year. Being able to work on the 125 Fund is always a pleasure because it allows our students to achieve so much, and I am grateful for the continued commitment of our supporters and the Quintin Hogg Trust.”
With the support of donors, the University of Westminster can continue to ensure our students are equipped with the life skills and professional experience they need to get ahead and succeed in an increasingly competitive graduate job market.
Find out more about how you can support other students like Martin through The 125 Fund.