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

Founder & Trustee

David is primarily responsible for the application process and for ongoing engagement with winners and finalists. After teaching maths through Teach First, he worked briefly in private equity before joining PwC as a strategy consultant. 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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Presenting the Crowd Scholars

21 Dec 2017


Following an extensive and rigorous application process, we are delighted to present Charles Hampton-Evans, Alaa Lafta and Jason Chau as our winning Crowd Scholars. Charles has created multiplayer games, built his own remote admin tools, and has an infectious love for all things compute…

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Applications close, selection begins

18 Nov 2017


Since opening applications in September we have had the pleasure of interacting with different applicants and schools across the country. We have seen great ambition and potential from all those who have applied. With our decisions due on 27 November, now comes the challenging task of se…

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