About Crowd Scholar

Support, recognise, and encourage

Funding the future

Our mission is to create a community-led scholarship programme to help high-achieving students from disadvantaged backgrounds attend university.

Crowd Scholar is committed to fulfilling its mission by encouraging applicants and donors through innovative means and by improving upon existing crowdfunding processes.

For more detail visit our FAQ page.

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The most-deserving candidates

All scholarship candidates have passed a rigorous application process.


Keeping it 100%

All donations we receive go directly and in-full towards funding scholarships.


Have a voice

Donate and become a part of Crowd Scholar.

Crowdfunding done better

Qualified candidates: All Crowd Scholar students progress through a competitive and holistic application process; you can be sure that your donations are going to those who need and deserve it the most. For more detail on the application process please visit the student page here.

Depth over breadth: £10,000 towards one student’s education makes a bigger difference than £100 to one hundred students’ educations. By channeling the power of the crowd and donating from a centralised pool of funds, you can be sure that your donations are making a real difference.

Full transparency: Everything we see, you see. Read our candidates' applications, track our public record of donations, and more.

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Our team

David Papirnik

Co-Founder & Trustee

David is primarily responsible for the application process and scholar engagement. After teaching maths through Teach First, he worked in London as a private equity analyst and consultant. He is currently earning his JD at Stanford University. David graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Economics.

Alexander De Kegel

Co-Founder & Trustee

Alex is primarily responsible for donations and financial administration. He currently works as an analyst in the strategy and planning team at Fidelity International. Alex holds degrees from the University of East Anglia and the Imperial College Business School.


If you are passionate about our initiative and would like to join our team, get in touch through info@crowdscholar.co.uk. 


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From the blog

Keeping you up to date on all things Crowd Scholar

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A second round of applications

17 Jan 2019


In an effort to provide as many eligible students as possible the opportunity to apply to become Crowd Scholars, we have decided to run a second rounds of applications, extending the deadline to the 24th of March.  We have star…

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Partnership Announcement: Up Learn

21 Sep 2018


Crowd Scholar is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with Up Learn, the groundbreaking all-in-one learning and revision tool for A Levels that guarantees A*/A results. Up Learn, like Crowd Scholar, is dedicated to helping disadvantaged students fight educational inequity. Up Learn has partnered with Crowd Scholar to provide free licenses…

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