An Eritrean student who came to the UK as a refugee has been awarded the first Quantedge-Cambridge Refugee Scholarship at King’s.
Henok Gheotom joined King’s in October 2020 to study for his Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Economics and Finance, having previously achieved a First Class Degree in Economics from the University of Bristol. He arrived in Britain in 1997 aged 2 with his mother and sister, seeking political asylum after his father’s arrest in Eritrea for speaking out against political injustice.
Caroline White, King’s Graduate Admissions Administrator, said:
Henok’s application for the Quantedge-Cambridge Refugee Scholarship stood out not only for his outstanding academic accomplishments and recommendations from former tutors, but as someone who is dedicated to assisting others from disadvantaged backgrounds access higher education. We’re delighted that this support is helping him to continue his studies at graduate level.
Henok is now a mentor for The Access Project (TAP) which offers personalised tuition for students from disadvantaged backgrounds studying at GCSE and A Level, helping them gain access to the UK’s top universities. More about Henok’s story and the work of the Quantedge Foundation can be read here.
The Quantedge-Cambridge Refugee Scholarship is available annually to fully support one student, who has been awarded ‘refugee status’ in the UK, to study for an MPhil at King’s. All MPhil subjects offered by the College are eligible for the Scholarship. Applications for the academic year 2021/22 are now open.
The scholarship was created by the Quantedge Foundation to assist gifted students who have come to the UK from areas of conflict. It is the College’s hope that with further philanthropic support this scholarship can be expanded to support more refugee students annually.
Find out more about supporting King’s College Graduate students here: https://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/members-and-friends/support/giving/empowering-minds/graduate-studentships