The Nigel Thompson Memorial Scholarships

Posted on 3 May 2017

The Nigel Thompson Memorial Scholarships will be worth £3,000 per annum to each successful student for the duration of their undergraduate degree. The Scholarship will be restricted to those students who have received a formal offer to study Economics at York, and will recognise the most academically talented students from families of lower income.

About the award

These scholarships were established in recognition of the late Nigel Thompson (Economics, 1990).

Nigel and his twin brother Neal Thompson (Economics, 1990) each graduated with a BSc in Economics from York in 1990, but Nigel was tragically killed at the age of 33 in the September 11 attacks on New York.

Neal is funding the scholarships in memory of his twin brother who was "never afraid to reach for his dreams."

In January 2017, Neal pledged a gift to the University of York; this gift has established the Nigel Thompson Memorial Scholarships, which will provide support to undergraduate students in the Department of Economics. The Scholarship will be available to two students per academic year. The first cohort of scholars will begin their studies in September 2017.

Student eligibility and scholarship details

The Nigel Thompson Memorial Scholarships will be worth £3,000 per annum to each successful student for the duration of their undergraduate degree. Funding is available for a 3 years maximum and subject to continued attainment of grades. The awards will be paid in four installments of £750.00.

The Scholarship will be restricted to those students who have received a formal offer to study Economics at York, and will recognise the most academically talented students from families of lower income.

The Scholarship is open to UK and international students.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Have received a formal offer to study at the University of York
  • Be undertaking a 3 year undergraduate degree course in the Department of Economics
  • Be able to demonstrate a financial need to receive scholarship funding – family income must be less than £35,000 per annum

Application process

  • Eligible candidates will be invited to apply in August 2017.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by start of Autumn Term 2017.