In the latter stages of my time at Hutchie, the impact of a family financial crisis was lessened by aid from the Bursary Fund. As a teenager, I admit it was not something I was comfortable to openly talk about. I am sure most of my school friends were unaware that the Bursary even existed, let alone that I had benefited. At the time, I appreciated the complete discretion which was upheld.
The support from the Bursary helped me to focus on my studies, despite very difficult times at home, and ultimately achieve the grades I required to gain a place at Glasgow University’s Dental school. I vowed to myself at the time that as soon as I started to earn a wage, in appreciation, I would donate a monthly sum to the Bursary Fund. I qualified 15 years ago, and began the support soon after. I continue to be very proud to support the Bursary Fund and am personally very grateful for its work.
Mike A Gow, C1994, and Bursary recipient.
The Music Department at Hutchesons’ Grammar School is a busy and vibrant place where I spent much of my time as a pupil. The piano plays an integral part in music at Hutchie whether it be solo, accompaniment, chamber ensemble or choir, all of which rely on a top quality instrument. A new piano in the assembly hall, which is the main large scale performance space for musical events, would enable the school to take advantage of this superbly improved facility.
I will always be incredibly grateful to the music department at Hutchesons’ for the time, guidance, encouragement and the vast number of performing opportunities I was given. I am currently studying for a BMus (Hons) degree in piano performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where I was awarded the Principal’s Scholarship.”
Hebba Benyaghla, Former Pupil, C2013 and Winner of the Hutchesons’ Biggars Music Trophy for 4 consecutive years.