New top-up support for students at Trinity Hall

New top-up support for students at Trinity Hall

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    Zakariyya Ali

Student support is a key priority for Cambridge: gifts enable young people to study here who could not otherwise do so.

A generous donation enabled Trinity Hall to offer 26 undergraduate top-up bursaries for the freshers of 2019.  

The side effects of the Great Recession and now the Great Pandemic have driven a step rise in inequality around the world. But education can serve as a great leveller. Having similarly been given an opportunity to spend some of the most enjoyable and exhilarating years of my life at the Hall thanks to a fully-funded scholarship, this is my way of paying it forward. 

Trinity Hall Benefactor


Student Zakariyya Ali explains what the support has meant for him:

“The funds I had received were extremely useful in allowing me to meet the living expenses at Cambridge both in terms of the termly rents and through arranging travel at the start and end of the term.  

The bursary is by far one of the best ways in which students from working-class backgrounds can get a footing in terms of life at Cambridge. Having both academic and financial support has allowed me to flourish in my first year, putting aside a set of financial worries in order to focus on my studies. I thank my donor for granting me with that ounce of reassurance, which can only help me to go a long way in terms of my degree and studies respectively.  

I believe the grant was very important in allowing me to deal with meeting the financial demands that accompany university. As I come from a single-parent household, the worries my mother and I had in terms of moving on to university meant many sacrifices had to be made, but through receiving a grant, it has undoubtedly alleviated many of our concerns, and for that, I am hugely grateful.”  

About Trinity Hall

Trinity Hall is the fifth oldest College in the University of Cambridge. It was founded in 1350 by Bishop Bateman, originally for the study of canon and civil law. The College consists of around 650 students, both undergraduates and graduates across a range of subjects, 60 Fellows, 130 staff, and 8,000 alumni worldwide.

To find out more about how you can support Trinity Hall, please contact: 

Dr Rachelle Stretch

Development Director

+44 (0)1223 766345