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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Create your own scholarship program with Crowd Scholar

12 Sep 2020


Over the past three years, Crowd Scholar has received over 350 applications from disadvantaged students attending nearly 200 different sixth forms across the UK. To complete our application, applicants provide their grades, details on their extracurricular activities, and a teacher recommendation on top of writing an essay and respon…

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Announcing our 2020 Crowd Scholar Grantees

24 Jul 2020


Crowd Scholar is proud to announce its 2020 Crowd Scholars. Our three Scholars were selected from a pool of 185 applicants following an intensive application process consisting of a written application and two rounds of interviews. This year, more than ever, we faced incredibly difficult decisions in selecting our Scholars. In addition to the ge…

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