Qatar donates $4.3m to Margaret Thatcher scholarship

The Qatar Development Fund has donated $4.3 million to the Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust at the prestigious Oxford University, it was announced this week.

The donation was said to be aimed at funding the tuition and accommodation costs of “outstanding” students, especially those from Qatar and other Arab states, at the university’s Somerville College. Somerville College founded the trust in 2013, which is named after and the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who once studied at the college.

The trust will fund students who were, like Thatcher, of “modest financial backgrounds” and were able to “overcome adversity in some form, as she did,” college principal Alice Prochaska said. The new “Qatar Thatcher Scholarships” will no doubt have no shortage of applications from outstanding Arab students who have overcome various obstacles. Read more 

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