A door that those students had, against the odds, opened by their own merit, had been closed - for purely financial reasons - before they could go through it.
We know that this is not the first year that this has happened and we know that it also applies to students doing two-year (MPhil) and even doctoral (DPhil) programmes, but it is the first time we have actively collected data to show the scale of the problem. This is thanks to an initiative led by three previous student GCR executives. They spotlighted the need for the College to tackle this issue if it was genuinely going to state that it takes the best students from across the world, regardless of their financial situation.
St Antony’s DAC Scholarship
We are delighted that the Governing Body has made it a priority for the College to raise money for those students who did their undergraduate degree in a DAC country. To show its commitment to the Scholarship, it has ring-fenced the income from a recently received unrestricted endowment of £1.3 million to fund students on the scheme for at least the next ten years.
We are proud to announce that it was able to use those funds to offer its first scholarship to Samira Mohammed Ibn Moro, a student from Ghana who will study for an MSc in African Studies.
The DAC scholarship is the brightest light at the beginning of my Oxford journey. Being the first-ever recipient is overwhelming and inspiring at the same time. I am grateful to the sponsors of the scholarship and St. Antony’s College for such a life-altering opportunity.
We want the DAC Scholarship to be available to all graduate students (MSc, MPhil, or DPhil) who have the ambition to apply to Oxford and St Antony’s and the extraordinary talent to get accepted at a time when there are over six eligible applicants for each graduate place.
We appeal to the St Antony’s community, many of whom were supported in their own studies by others, to help guarantee that such students never again face such an unfair end to their dreams as happened this summer.