Whether it is helping talented students continue their studies with a City Future Fund Scholarship, preventing students who are in desperate financial difficulty dropping out of City or giving ambitious students unique career opportunities, your donations can ensure City is always there to help students in need.
For those students who excel academically but otherwise could not afford a university degree, a City Future Fund Bursary could be life changing. The bursary, worth £2,000 each year for 3 years, allows students to focus on their studies and future career without financial worries.
Emma Rhodes was one of the first recipients of the City Future Fund bursary, and is now in her final year of her BSc in Human Communications, and is hoping to apply for a Masters degree.
I have so much enjoyed my time at City so far that I have decided to apply for an MA in Speech and Language Therapy to follow on from this course. I am so grateful to the City Future Fund for supporting me and making the enormous leap, from working mum to student mum, a successful one. It has had a ripple effect on the rest of my family too. My daughter was set on finishing college and going straight into work. She thought university meant moving away from home, combined with a miserable workload and boring lectures. My experience has inspired her to stay on at college and gain enough UCAS points to apply for university herself.
With generous donations from alumni in the past year, we were able to award three more bursaries to talented undergraduates in 2013.
Justyna is one of this year's recipients, and is in her first year of study. Justyna was able to use her bursary to pay for essential university supplies such as books and internet access, and meant that she was able to enjoy her part-time job in London with less pressure to work so many hours.
The City Future Fund has changed my life in London significantly. Thanks to the bursary, I enjoy my time at City much more, and am even more motivated to work and study. It has helped me to stay at City and continue my studies, and myself and my family are now more optimistic when looking to the future.
Emma and Justyna's bursaries have changed their lives. Please help us to transform the lives of more students by donating today.
City is extremely proud of the Professional Mentoring Scheme which has grown from 85 pairings in 2011 to 326 pairings in 2014. This has only been possible thanks to donations to the City Future Fund. With your help, we hope to reach even more students by creating 500 pairings next year.
The Professional Mentoring Scheme pairs current undergraduate and postgraduate students with alumni who mentor them by building confidence, employability skills and providing guidance for personal and professional development. The scheme is very popular and competition for places is very high. In 2013, eighty six per cent of mentees agreed that having a mentor had a direct impact on securing a placement, internship, or impacted positively on their personal development.
In 2008, second year Mechanical Engineering student Syed Ahmed was accepted on to the programme as a mentee. After a very fruitful partnership with his mentor Jag Chima, Syed completed his studies and went on to secure a graduate role. Like many former mentees, Syed has now become a mentor himself.
I find the scheme extremely rewarding and I know how many people can benefit from having a mentor. We all have something to give, even if we don't realise it ourselves. Not only did mentoring help me with my studies and my career, it also helped with other aspects of my life, giving me direction at a time when I was a little lost. I gained so much, it's good to give something back.
Syed now works for Transport for London - as does his mentor - and they are still in touch.
This innovative scheme not only helps City hold our place as one of the highest ranking UK universities for graduate employment, it also helps build strong relationships between our large alumni community and current students. However, the scheme receives a significant amount of funding from the City Future Fund and can only continue to deliver with support from alumni. Please support the Professional Mentoring Scheme by donating today.