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 associate at Allianz X, the Corporate Venture Capital arm of the Allianz Group. Alex holds degrees from the University of East Anglia and Imperial College London.


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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UPDATE: Jason Chau named the “Felix Boyeaux Crowd Scholar”

19 Jun 2019


We are pleased to announce that Jason is now “The Felix Boyeaux Crowd Scholar”! Throughout our 2017-2018 campaign, we advertised the fact that our largest individual (i.e. non corporate) donor would have the opportunity to name Jason Chau’s scholarship. Followi…

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UPDATE: Alaa Lafta named “Dickie Chan Crowd Scholar”

29 May 2019


Throughout the 2017-18 campaign, we advertised the fact that a randomly selected donor who contributed more than £20 to Crowd Scholar would have the opportunity to name Alaa Lafta’s scholarship. Following a draw from a little black bag of donor names, we are pleased to announce that Alaa is now … (drum roll, even t…

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