Why your support matters
Over 295 people have given to scholarships and research at Imperial by leaving a gift in their will. Legacy gifts help us to advance at the forefront of research and education and plan for the future with confidence. The support of inspiring donors gives our wonderful staff and students the courage and confidence to achieve excellence.
Why do people leave a legacy gift to Imperial? Many speak of their wish to “give something back” in gratitude for their own experience at Imperial, and the professional opportunities their education opened up for them. For many, it’s an interest in the science that motivates them to give. Others want today’s young people to be able to afford their university years, without having to worry about money during their studies.
Hear from our pledgers and student scholars...
Sylvia Watson (Physics 1973)
“Making a legacy gift to Imperial is one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I wanted to leave a worthwhile legacy that would survive long after I was gone...I can be confident that my gift will help Imperial students and, through them, benefit science and future generations.”
Charlotte Hutchings (MSc Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells)
Charlotte was awarded the legacy-funded Dr Jean Alero Thomas Scholarship in the academic year 2019-20.
"Potential future donors should know that they are making a massive impact on people’s lives and facilitating the training of our future scientists and change-makers."
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Richard Coley (Natural Sciences, Wye College, 1959)
"My own degree course was fully funded by my county and the state, and leaving a legacy is one way of showing my gratitude for this.
Present day students are the seed-corn of the future, so should be supported.
I hope my gift will help a student to attend the course of their choice with fewer financial worries."
Khuluud Hussein (MRes Cancer Biology)
Khuluud was awarded the legacy-funded Dr Jean Alero Thomas Scholarship in the academic year 2019-20.
"There is a huge gap in postgraduate studies, with many students unable to pursue further studies for financial reasons. Legacy gifts like this go a long way in bridging these gaps and enable students, like me, to follow their career goals and focus solely on their work."
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Ghulam Haider (Engineering 1968)
"Making a legacy gift to Imperial is one of the most important decisions I made when writing my will.
I was able to finish my studies without any financial burden...I trust my legacy will give the younger generation a chance to achieve their goals like I did, and provide financial help to those deserving cases."
Valentina Giunchiglia (MRes Biomedical Research)
Valentina was awarded the legacy-funded Dr Jean Alero Thomas Scholarship in the academic year 2019-20.
"In this fast-changing world, innovations are part of our everyday life. Technological, social and personal innovation go hand in hand. That’s why investing in young people is the best way to help make this world a better place."
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Iona Davies (MRes Clinical Research)
Iona was awarded the legacy-funded Dr Jean Alero Thomas Scholarship in the academic year 2019-20.
"Not only has the scholarship removed the financial stress of living in London while conducting my MRes, it has also allowed me to build a network of likeminded individuals."
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Theo Wilson (Chemistry 1952)
“I want to play a part in furthering Imperial’s tradition of great scientific advances. I hope my gift will be of great benefit to students in the future.”
Vasilios Paschaleris (Engineering 1990)
"My love for the College motivated me to leave a legacy gift – I have many nice memories of my time there. I hope that my gift will help students in some way."