The James Jarvis Bursary was established in 2011 to create a lasting memorial to James, who was a History student at York from 2007 to 2011. James completed both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees here, and was an active member of a large number of York societies including the Medieval Society and the Lords of Misrule. His family are very proud of all he achieved and wanted to enable others to also benefit from studying at York. They decided to set up a bursary fund to assist postgraduate History students.
"James was a 'knight in shining armour' to so many people - the person everyone could rely on for help and support. James counted York as his home and his rampant enthusiasm for history and life meant that he lived them both to the full in his city. We wanted the memory of James, his achievements and what mattered to him to never be forgotten, so it seemed right to use his savings to start up a bursary in his name at the University of York.
"Supporting others, through this bursary, is just continuing what James always did in life and means that at least some good will come out of his tragic accident and untimely death."
Philippa Jarvis, James' mother
Grants will be made twice a year. The fund is available to support postgraduate students studying in the Department of History at York. All students are eligible to apply for funding with a preference for those who can demonstrate that they have made a contribution to the life of their university. A grant of up to £1,000 is available to support living costs or travel to pursue research interests or conferences.