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.

Nick Doman

Intern - Fundraising

Nick is the team’s Intern and is currently concentrating on fundraising strategies. He recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in History and is currently in London Business School’s MSc in Management program.


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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New Partner: Tutorfair

01 Mar 2018


Helping high-achieving students from disadvantaged backgrounds attend the university of their dreams is Crowd Scholar’s core mission, and while financial assistance often takes the spotlight in this process, providing a support structure to ensure our scholars live up to their full potential is equally important. As such, we are very pleased to announce that…

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A chat with Imperial

07 Feb 2018


Crowd Scholar co-founder and trustee Alexander De Kegel had a chat with Celia Pearce from the Imperial College London Business School about the motivation for launching Crowd Scholar and the challenges faced in getting it up and running. Amongst other things Celia asked where the idea t…

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