7 November 2016
My name is Angelo Ruggiero and I've just started my final year in Economics and Business. I’m from a small Italian town called Vallo della Lucania but when I was twelve my parents decided to move to London with me, my twin brother and younger brother. They always thought about moving back to Italy but then we decided to stay for good. So my parents enrolled me at ACS Hillingdon International School which worked closely with a Bulgarian orphanage. The support my school provided gave them financial and social help and this is where my interest in economics and finances began.
I knew by then that I wanted to go into banking so I looked at the economics and business courses at QMUL. Plus I would be in London so I could continue to live with my family. I’m really enjoying my education here, I was a course representative in my first year and I’ve created good bonds with my teachers.
I then decided to go to a university in California for my second year so I could have a broader educational experience. They offered me a place to stay on as a full-time student but I wanted to return to QMUL. I also had a summer job waiting for me. I have worked two summers at Morgan Stanley to get financial work experience and have been offered a three-year placement with them to begin after graduation! My parents were thrilled when they found out about this, especially because I was offered it just before starting my third year. I think they really understood how well I was doing when I got this job offer.
There are so many things I would like to do: I want to go into investment banking, get accounting qualifications, maybe do an MBA, and I’m so fortunate to have my parents’ support in whatever I choose to do. So when I was awarded the Annual Fund Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement, I was at first just stunned that the University had noticed me. I didn’t believe it so I called the Finance department to confirm the cheque was really mine. My parents were very proud that I had been noticed and were happy that I decided to help out with the tuition bills. Reading lists can be very expensive so I bought some books for my course too.
At first I didn’t know where the money had come from exactly but then I learned about the Annual Fund and all about alumni support and I’m so grateful for all the help you have given me. I am so appreciative of your support and investment in QMUL and its students. I know many people that are geniuses but can’t afford to go to a good university and don’t have any financial help. It makes me more grateful for the support that I received and the opportunities my QMUL education has given me already. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported student scholarships and I hope you realise how much you are helping many of us.
I was recently invited to the House of Lords Alumni event to meet our generous alumni and I felt so respected to be there. The scholarship I received and being invited to this event made me realise how much I would like to give financially in the near future. It has really changed the way I look at financial support and I know that every little bit helps. I feel motivated to give more generations of students the same possibilities I had.
Angelo Ruggiero, Annual Fund Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement