Current and former recipients of the Sir Douglas Myers Scholarship gathered in College on Sunday 25 November to celebrate the history of the Scholarships at Caius.
Sir Douglas, who died in 2017, established the Scholarship programme in 2000, to provide an opportunity for students from New Zealand, who had already distinguished themselves academically, to study at Caius. The scholarship fund provides all University and College Fees and offered a generous living allowance for the students whilst they are in the UK (http://myersscholarship.ac.nz/). Sir Douglas’ ambition was that graduates of his programme would become leaders in their chosen fields, to the direct benefit of New Zealand and its people.
At the time of his death, Sir Douglas was the largest living donor to the College. He was the first member of the Edmund Gonville Guild and his portrait hangs on the staircase in the College Library.
At the dinner, the Myers family were represented by Sir Douglas’ son Campbell Myers (2002), himself a Caian, and daughters Laura Davies and Jessica Kimmel. Also present were the Master of Gonville & Caius College, Dr Pippa Rogerson; Mr James Howell, the College’s Director of Development; Dr David Secher the former Senior Bursar; and Professor Robert MacCulloch, of The University of Auckland, who was representing the Myers Scholarship Selection Committee. The four current Myers students, Ethan Sorrell (2015), Callum Parker (2016), Felicity Whale (2017) and Olivia Bennett (2018) were joined by former Scholars Thomas Simpson (2013), William Tennent (2010) and the first Myers Scholar, Ruvan Mendis (2001).
Find out more about the Sir Douglas Myers Scholarship and other scholarships to support non-UK students in their undergraduate studies in Cambridge here.