Success Stories

Success Stories

The founding principles of Marlborough College were to provide an education to many who could not have otherwise afforded it. That commitment to providing opportunities to those with potential remains as powerful an idea today as it was in 1843.

As you read the accounts of our bursary recipients below, you will see how our Bursary Programme enables individuals, who would otherwise not have been able to attend this remarkable College, to fulfil their potential. Through the tremendous generosity of our Marlborough Community of parents, past parents, alumni and friends we have helped change lives. We are appealing to you to help us continue to provide the gift of a Marlborough Education.

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Tabitha Stanmore

Tabitha Stanmore

PhD Student at Bristol University / (LI 2007-09)

The two years that I spent at Marlborough have been the best part of my life. The bursary radically changed my life and set me on a path that would have otherwise have been impossible. I am incredibly grateful to the College for offering me such an opportunity.

Theo Fetherstone

Theo Fetherstone

Student of Mechanical Engineering at UCL / (CI 2011-16)

The opportunity to study at Marlborough was, for me, the chance of a lifetime. It was thanks to the generosity of the Fred Packard (C1 1962-67) Memorial Award that I was able to realise my ambition. After his death Fred’s family generously continued their life changing assistance through their daughters Antonia (SU 2002-04) and Tessa (TU 2001-03). “I can say with certainty that going to Marlborough is one of the most enriching and formative experiences of my life so far. Every bursary place awarded is a step closer to ensuring private education is not unattainable or exclusive.

Zhivka Ivanova

Zhivka Ivanova

Architectural Assistant at MATT Architecture / (TU 2011-13)

Receiving my bursary at Marlborough proved the most exciting and rewarding experience of my life. Academically it was fantastic! All of my teachers inspired me to do better. I genuinely loved going to each lesson. The happiest day of my life was when I played Grieg’s piano concerto with the College’s symphony orchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia.

Uzair Qureshi

Uzair Qureshi

Cardiff University Graduate / (B1 2007-11)

I joined Marlborough from a state school in Chippenham. This was a life changing experience for me and as a result I succeeded in gaining a place at Cardiff University where I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Business Management (Marketing). Not only did I learn and develop a number of life skills over my time at the College but it meant I was able to further my cricket and to earn a county contract from Gloucestershire.

Professor Sir Keith Porter

Professor Sir Keith Porter

Professor of Clinical Traumatology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham / (LI 1965-67)

Without the bursary and all that Marlborough provided both academically and holistically I would not be where I am now. I was fortunate to receive a Sixth Form bursary to allow me to complete my education at Marlborough in 1965. Since qualifying as a doctor and consultant trauma surgeon, I have been the Professor of Clinical Traumatology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. For the last decade I have been the civilian lead for the care of injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. For services to the military I was knighted in 2010.

James Root

James Root

Partner at Bain & Company / (SU 1975-79)

Winning the Children of Clergy bursary made a huge difference to my self-sacrificing parents. Life has taken me far and wide, with long stints in the USA and in Hong Kong. Sending me to Marlborough College meant sacrifices for my parents, and winning the Frere Scholarship made a real difference for my under-rewarded academic priest father. The years at Marlborough put me on a path I still travel today: I’m extremely proud of the school and grateful for all it gave me.

Bojana Papic

Edinburgh University Architecture Graduate / (SU 2009-11)

Coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the chance to study at Marlborough College has been a gateway to a completely new world, a place of opportunities and possibilities. I would support any scheme that gives young people the chance to fulfil their potential and make a difference.