Queen Mary Alumni

Donor story: Oyedola Osilaja, BSc Economics

Dola completed his Economics degree in 2014 and is already giving back to help other student at Queen Mary. We asked him why he decided to makea a gift to the University in his Will.
Oyedola Osilaja, BSc Economics, Class of 2014
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"My name’s Dola and I graduated from QMUL in 2014. (I'm second from the left in the photograph!) I was very blessed to have been elected Student Union President immediately afterwards; this job meant a lot to me and was my small way of giving back to the University and the Union – both of which had given me a lot.

"My overall experience here was great. I studied Economics, joined many societies and made lifelong friends as a result. Being of a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) background, I know and see how proportionally less BME students are deciding not to go to university because of the increased fees and associated student costs.

"This is why I decided to make a gift to the University in my Will; I want to make a difference to students’ lives – I don’t want financial hardship to be an added burden to them when they worked extremely hard to attend such a prestigious Russel Group University."