Wimberley Award 2021 won by enterprising student Angus
Published on 13 July 2021
A student who founded a Dundee branch of an organisation who aim to transform communities has won the University of Dundee’s most prestigious undergraduate award
Business Management student Angus Scott received this year’s Wimberley Award for demonstrating extraordinary commitment to the University and the local community.
Angus, (22), from Edinburgh, was the founder and President of the Dundee branch of Enactus UK, an organisation set up to support and encourage students and young people to engage in social action and enterprise projects.
Angus has been heavily involved in the work of the group throughout his time at University, involving over 40 students and running multiple projects that give back to the local community. This year the Enactus Dundee group won ‘Newcomer of the Year Award’ in Enactus’ annual national awards.
“When I was first introduced to Enactus UK, I was shocked that Dundee wasn’t already involved,” said Angus. “The idea of using entrepreneurship and innovation for real life projects that can benefit communities really interested me.
“When I set out to start Enactus at the University, I never did it for recognition or any other ulterior motive, I just wanted to do good. I had a genuine interest and passion for helping the city and community I studied in.
“Receiving the Wimberley Award is a complete surprised. I had no clue that I had been nominated. It’s a nice way to reflect on the year that Enactus Dundee have had and our achievements.”
The Wimberley Award is named after Major General Douglas Wimberley, a war hero and former Principal of University College, Dundee. It was his ‘Wimberley Memo’ that proved instrumental in establishing the University of Dundee as an independent institution. The award is given in his honour each year.
Enactus Dundee currently has four live projects. The projects look at educational and creative poverty within primary school aged children, youth homelessness and employability, alleviating social isolation and loneliness in the elderly community, and sustainability concerns.
The group have secured funding for all four projects and are working with a variety of partners and community leaders throughout the city.
“This year has been about building strong foundations that will then allow us to start making a real impact in the community,” continued Angus.
“I can't see the momentum stopping. I can only see it growing and getting bigger and better. I’m looking forward to seeing what Enactus Dundee will achieve in the future.”
Angus is among over 3000 students who will this week celebrate all they have achieved at the University of Dundee during the online graduation celebrations, taking place 14 - 16 June. Once graduated, he will move down to England to start a new role at American Express.
“Before I came to the University, I was a little bit lost. I didn't really know what I wanted to do. Dundee has given me the foundations and stepping-stones to move on to bigger and better things.”
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