John Fitzsimons Scholarships for Mature Students in Need 

Strathclyde Law School is once again offering scholarships to mature law students in financial need.  

The John Fitzsimons Memorial Fund honours of one of the Law School’s most inspirational Law Lecturers. John Fitzsimons motivated a generation of students to realise their potential, with a great many pursuing a career in the subject John taught (and loved) – Criminal Law.

In keeping with John’s belief in the importance of education and meritocracy, the John Fitzsimons Memorial Fund offers help to academically meritorious mature Strathclyde Law School current and prospective students who are in genuine financial need. Applicants must be 25 years or over at the time of the application deadline, and there are other conditions to which applicants are required to commit. 

Speaking about the creation of the John Fitzsimons Memorial Fund, John’s widow, Pat said: 

John would be really, really pleased to see what Strathclyde Law School is doing for mature students because this could be a family like us.

The Memorial Lecture and Fund has been created by the Law School’s Professor Cyrus Tata who explained the reasons for the initiative:

John Fitzsimons inspired a generation and many attribute their personal success, in significant part, to his brilliant teaching and encouragement. He believed that bright individuals should have proper access to education on the basis of academic, not financial, merit.

However, many of today’s mature students continue to face extremely difficult circumstances, often having to choose between educational opportunity and short-term financial necessity. Many have to forego the chance to study because of financial adversity.

Through the John Fitzsimons Memorial Fund we not only remember and celebrate John’s values with a regular Memorial Public Lecture, but also create a lasting practical legacy to help the next generation of gifted mature law students.

To find out more about the John Fitzsimons Memorial Fund, and to apply see:

Applicants are strongly advised to read the eligibility criteria carefully and to complete the application form fully, submitted together with the reference. Incomplete applications will not be  accepted, nor those which ignore the eligibility criteria.

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