Scots student takes up place with Harvard Law school


A SCOTS student is set to study at the world’s top university, which counts U.S President Obama among its impressive list of alumni.

Jujhar Dhanda, from Paisley, is set to spend a year at the internationally renowned Harvard Law School after beating off stiff competition from all around the UK to win the prestigious Kennedy Scholarship.

The 26 year old – who’ll head to the Ivy League institution in August – started his studies at City of Glasgow College, graduating in 2005 with an HND in Legal Services. He then progressed to a Law Degree at the University of Glasgow followed by a masters degree at Oxford University.

Jujhar Dhanda will start at Harvard in the summer

Jujhar said: “It’s a dream come true. I never thought I’d be selected so I’m delighted. I’ve hardly been able to sleep I’m that excited. I can’t believe it’s been over five years since I left the College but the teaching I was given is a massive reason why I’ve been successful at uni and now this. The lecturing staff gave me the confidence to complete my HND and go to uni.”

Principal of City of Glasgow College, Paul Little – himself a former Harvard student – commented: “Jujhar’s story is a great example of how students can achieve their dreams through college education. At City of Glasgow College we enjoy excellent links with Universities across Glasgow, Scotland and internationally.

“Like Jujhar, many of our students catch the learning bug and go on to advance their study at more specialist degree programmes. Others make the most of our strong ties with industry and achieve their career dreams directly in the world of work. We’re all incredibly proud of Jujhar and look forward to hearing about his amazing journey to one of the world’s greatest universities.”

Jujhar’s scholarship is funded by the Kennedy Memorial Trust, which was set up after the assassination of former alumnis President John F Kennedy in November 1963.

An appeal was launched in the UK to enable British people to contribute to a fund in his memory and the money was used enable British post-graduate students to study at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The first group of Kennedy Scholars went over to Harvard and MIT in September 1966 and since then almost 500 UK students have been given the chance to distinguish themselves in politics, academia, public service, media, business and other careers.