Generous benefactor to help UCLan students in need of financial support

Ashwin Kagdadia

A generous benefactor supports students at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in need of financial support.


Ashwin Kagdadia is donating £ 5,000 per year to help a number of students who need financial help throughout their three or four year course.

The fund is open to those who are tuition-paying UK students from a household with an income of less than £ 30,000 and who have high levels of academic achievement.

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Ashwin said, “Donations to UCLan can fund life-changing scholarships, so I was delighted to be able to add to the wide range already available.

“My philosophy is to give something back to the community. There is no better spiritual satisfaction than helping those less fortunate and if my donation inspires other members of the community to do the same, then I consider it a blessing.

The former Loughborough University student and donor says his inspiration to support worthy causes comes from his parents, the late Govindji Madhavji Kagadadia and the late Ms. Ottamben Govindji Kagdadia.

Money for the The Ashwin Govindji Kagdadia scholarship fund will come from his company’s investment properties in downtown Preston and the endowment fund will see funding continue for at least 250 years.

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The Leicester-based philanthropist contacted the university with his proposal after setting up a similar scholarship fund at the University of Staffordshire.

Vice Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin said: “We are delighted that Ashwin has approached us with this very kind gift. His generosity will directly support our students for many years to come.

“The new Ashwin Govindji Kagdadia scholarship fund is a welcome addition to the wide variety of scholarships and scholarships we already offer to our UK and international students.”

Selected students have already received the first installment at the start of their course in September 2021. Once all graduate, in 2024 or 2025, the scholarship fund will continue to support other new students.

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