An innovative £2 million gift to the University will create the Pigott Scholars Programme, which will ensure annual funding of UK graduate students studying in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The programme will enable the University to continue to offer the country’s best graduate students scholarship opportunities to study at Cambridge.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Alison Richard, said, “This is an extremely generous gift which comes at an important time for Cambridge. Support for graduate scholarships in the humanities is a key priority of our 800th Anniversary Campaign for 2009.

The Pigott family has a visionary 103 year tradition of supporting global educational excellence and we are most grateful that their focus is being directed towards supporting students at Cambridge.”

The University is in the final stages of establishing a dedicated endowment fund to support the Pigott Scholars Programme and therefore ensure a growing network of Pigott Scholars and alumni. It is anticipated that the programme will begin in the academic year 2009/10.

There will be two Pigott Scholars admitted each year, which will enable six Scholars to be in residence on a continuous basis from 2011/2012.

“My family is pleased to establish a long term partnership with Cambridge and fund the Pigott Scholars Programme” said Mr. Mark Pigott, PACCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (pictured with Vice-Chancellor Professor Alison Richard). “The programme is available to the very brightest UK students who are pursuing a graduate degree in the Humanities at Cambridge.”

He added, “Education is paramount to the growth and success of individuals and society and Cambridge is a leader in providing many opportunities to secure knowledge in a wide range of subjects. It is a joy to partner with Cambridge as it celebrates its 800th anniversary.”

The University of Cambridge has attracted many of the very best minds since its foundation in 1209. Students flourish in the Cambridge environment, working one-to-one with teachers who are world-class scholars, and their educational experience is frequently transformative.

The University has 17,500 students, of whom approximately 7,000 are studying at graduate level.

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