Alumnus Dr Michael Lawrence has made an extremely generous benefaction to establish The Lawrence Scholarship Programme.

This exciting new Programme will attract elite students to the University of Exeter, rewarding academic excellence in the face of adversity.

Exeter alumnus funds new scholarship to reward academic excellence in the face of adversity

Alumnus Dr Michael Lawrence has made an extremely generous benefaction to establish The Lawrence Scholarship Programme for Undergraduates in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

This exciting new Programme will attract elite students to the University of Exeter, rewarding academic excellence in the face of adversity.

‘I'm delighted that the Lawrence Scholarships will support excellent students across Engineering, Mathematics and the Physical Sciences. This generous award focuses on the highest quality students who might otherwise choose not to go to university for financial reasons.

They will be studying on our flagship programmes, the four-year integrated undergraduate Masters degrees involving advanced study and leading to professional accreditation and are highly sought after by industry,’ says Professor Ken Evans, Head of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

Dr Lawrence, himself a University of Exeter alumnus, graduated with a first class degree in Physics from the University in 1965, followed by postgraduate research in theoretical physics at Bristol University. His subsequent career included a partnership in PriceWaterhouse, main board directorship of Prudential plc, and Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange.

His non-executive board appointments have included the Port of London Authority, London Regional Transport , and the Defence Research Agency Council. His non-commercial activities have included leadership of a Unitary local authority and Master of a Livery company.

Dr Lawrence says: ‘I feel that I owe a lot to Exeter University. Outside formal study, it was where I met my wife, Maureen, a fellow student, and also made many lifetime friends. This benefaction reflects our joint desire to provide financial help to students who might otherwise be deterred by the debt that can arise from a long course.’

Date: 25 June 2010

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