Cramming for exams, crossing the stage and making a difference

2013 Class Gift CommitteeMy unique experience at the University of St Andrews inspired me to become involved in Class Gift so that I could work to help all students have the opportunity that I have had. Bursaries and scholarships can make a huge impact on student life, and are certainly a worthwhile cause for Class Gift 2013. – Alex Thornton-Reid, Class Gift 2013 Chair

Class Gift was first established in 2009 by a group of graduating students with the intention of leaving a legacy to the University and to their fellow students when they graduated. This year’s Class Gift Committee, in partnership with the Students’ Association’s Your600th Campaign, has been hard at work throughout the year to promote 2013 Class Gift with the aim of raising £7,000 to help establish the Students’ Association Bursary Fund.

Class Gift was first established in 2009 by a group of graduating students with the intention of leaving a legacy to the University and to their fellow students when they graduated.

Our thanks go to Lightbox for all their hard work in producing the video.

In first semester we worked hard to promote Class Gift with our launch party in November and then handing out free coffee outside the Library during Revision Week. Yes, it was cold, but entirely worth it as we got to speak to so many students about Class Gift and tell them what we were aiming to do for the year.

I couldn’t have imagined a better time at University and am very keen that other students get the opportunity to enjoy a similar experience. For this reason I wanted to be part of the Class Gift 2013 – to ensure that every deserving student has the chance to become a St Andrean.  – Catriona Miller, Class Gift 2013 Committee

We also produced the Class Gift Christmas cards which featured the ‘Human Coat of Arms‘ image produced by the Hungpao Society for the 600th Anniversary. We sold these at many of the events around Christmas, including the London Alumni Club’s 600th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving in St Paul’s Cathedral.

This semester we were honoured to be able to work with the Charities Campaign and RAG Week 2013 with the RAG Week Ceilidh. This was a resounding success and not only raised awareness and money for the Class Gift, but it also was great fun for all those who came along.

This year, all proceeds raised by Class Gift will be going towards establishing the Students’ Association Bursary Fund. Class gift logoThis is a newly established needs-based bursary in commemoration of the 600th Anniversary, providing funding for students who otherwise would not be able to have the opportunity of studying at St Andrews. Click here to learn how you can make the Students’ Association Bursary Fund a reality this year.

As we get closer to Graduation 2013 we are reaching the climax of our fundraising period. We want to get as many people involved as possible in order to reach our target.  Supporting is easy – just text Grad13£5 (or GRAD13£10) to 70070, and your gift will come off your next mobile bill.

Keep up to date with Class Gift through our Facebook page

To donate take a look at our website

For more information about Class Gift 2013, please contact the Chair: Alexandra Thornton-Reid, at496@st-andrews.ac.uk

I joined the Class Gift because I love St Andrews and want to see it be the best it can be. That definitely involves helping the best students be able to attend, regardless of their financial background.”- Juliana Cusack, Class Gift 2013 Committee

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