Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and supporters, Sidney has granted c.£34,000 to students this summer as a big ‘well done’ for their fantastic academic performance.

Prizes and scholarships allow the College to recognise and reward our students for exceptional academic achievements and contributions to Sidney life. College prizes are separate from any prizes awarded by the University and Departments. 

124 Sidney students were eligible for a College prize or scholarship this year because of their fantastic tripos results. Many of these funds have been generously endowed by alumni and supporters over the years, and they are always gratefully received by our student community. 

One recipient is Alain Chen – a second year Geography student – who has been awarded the College Tripos Prize and Downham Yeomans Scholarship. On hearing the news of these awards, Alain said, "I was pleasantly surprised by the Senior Tutor’s email, as I did not know that Sidney accorded such academic awards to its students. It is an honour to receive formal recognition from the College for my academic achievements, and this certainly motivates me to continue to work hard and strive for excellence."

Alain Chen

Alain Chen, a second year Sidney Geography undergraduate

Alain is a recipient of a government scholarship in Singapore and will work as an urban planner for the National Parks Board in Singapore after graduation. He said, ‘I hope to apply the knowledge and experiences from my time in Cambridge to contribute to Singapore’s conservation efforts’.

Sarah Scheyerle is about to begin her third and final year of studies in Human, Social and Political Sciences. She has been awarded the James Johnson Scholarship and the Julian Blake Tripos Prize having ranked in the top decile by average mark in the Order of Merit for her Tripos.

Sarah Scheyerle

Sarah Scheyerle is about to begin her final year of undergraduate studies at Sidney

Sarah commented, “Second year was a time of considerable learning. I had the opportunity to discover the principles and applications of statistics, the intricacies of social theory, the trends in international organisation, and the history of political thought from c.1700 to c.1890. As well as being challenging, navigating the breadths and depths I encountered was stimulating and enlightening - the very things I applied to HSPS at Cambridge for in the first place. That I have received the James Johnson Scholarship for the second year in a row, but now the Julian Blake (Tripos) Prize also, is a testament to the support Sidney Sussex College gives to its members. I am at home in an environment that is as warm as it is intense, and so I thrive.

“I hope that my third and final year will be one in which the seeds of knowledge and experience I have acquired thus far will blossom, and that they will continue to do so in my lifelong pursuit of learning and growth.”

Ali Abughoush is a Sidney Law student who will be starting his second year this October. He has been awarded the Leonard Coling Scholarship and the Michael Lyndon-Stanford Prize for academic excellence in the University examinations. Ali said, “I felt honored to have my work recognised; the first year of university has proven to be a strenuous yet rewarding challenge.”

Ali Abughoush

Ali Abughoush, a second year Sidney Law undergraduate

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