St John's College Oxford
St John’s is a vibrant, international and socially diverse College community. We are proud of the breadth of ideas, experience and cultures which are shared by members of our College. Through our teaching and research, we seek to transform lives and to have an impact on society throughout the world.

St John’s is committed to ensuring that the best and brightest young people, from whatever background, are able to undertake a world-class education. Through the generosity of our alumni community, our students have the opportunity not only to achieve a degree, but also to explore and expand their worldview through enriching experiences.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The ability to matriculate at St John’s could change the life of an aspiring young person. We do not want the burden of loans to prevent any eligible student from receiving the opportunities an Oxford education can provide. St John’s is committed to ensuring that our students succeed regardless of their financial circumstances. Scholarships and bursaries, funded by individual alumni as well as the Alumni Fund, can make all the difference.

If you are interested in fully funding a Scholarship or Bursary, please contact the Director of Development and Alumni Relations, by email or telephone 01865 610886.

Alumni Fund

The Alumni Fund is a critical source of funding, which provides flexible support for St John’s students. In addition to scholarships and bursaries, the Alumni Fund can help students with unforeseen hardship, offer grants for supplementary academic study, and help in many other ways that students find they need. 

If you are interested in supporting St John’s students through the Alumni Fund, please contact Jacob Ward, Development Manager, by email or telephone 01865 610880.

Library and Study Centre

Study CentreLibraries are the places where students and researchers discover, learn and innovate. They help scholars to better understand our world and encourage exploration by providing the tools for thoughtful enquiry.

St John’s new Library and Study Centre will be a place that encourages shared and imaginative learning. It will connect the College community, integrating both physical and virtual spaces – where books and manuscripts sit comfortably alongside digital resources. The new Library and Study Centre will ensure that St John’s continues to be a place of learning and scholarship in which young minds are shaped not only through outstanding teaching, but also through independent and collaborative study.

For full details of the new Library and Study Centre see this section of our website. To learn how you can support this transformational project, please contact the Development and Alumni Relations, by email or telephone 01865 610886.

The 1555 Society

The 1555 Society celebrates Sir Thomas White and his tremendous generosity to St John’s in founding the College in 1555. Launched in 2014, the Society exists to thank those donors who have given to St John's in at least five years, including the current one. There is an annual event for Society members held each summer in College.

If you would like more information about the Society please contact our Senior Development Officer, by email or telephone 01865 610857.

St John’s Boat Club Society

Boat ClubThe St John’s Boat Club Society was set up to promote and support the College’s Boat Club. The aims of the Society are to develop the SJCBC community through holding regular social events, to continue the involvement of past members in the life of the Club, to support the Club both financially and logistically, and to develop a network for Society members to maintain their links with former crewmates.

If you would like more information about the Society, or if you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Jacob Ward, Development Manager, by email or telephone 01865 610880. 

Our Thanks to You

St John’s history began with philanthropy. Sir Thomas White’s vision for the College developed from his acquisition and development of the land on St Giles. Following in his footsteps, a number of benefactors gave generously throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Philanthropists such as Archbishop Laud, Richard Rawlinson, Sir William Paddy and The Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors made a tremendous impact on the College.

We are honoured that you would consider being part of this celebrated history of giving to St John’s. Your generosity has a direct and lasting impact on the lives of our students and on life in the College. We are most grateful.

As our thanks to you, all donors to St John’s are invited to the annual Benefactors’ Reception, where the College and students benefiting from your generosity will have the opportunity to thank you in person.

You will also receive a copy of Benefactors, our annual report detailing how philanthropy has made a difference to St John’s this past year. If you would like, we would be pleased to list you among our supporters.

Again, many thanks.