Michael Moritz knighted in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours
17 Jun 13
Michael Moritz, the businessman and philanthropist who, with his wife Harriet Heyman, last year gave the University £75m to establish the Moritz-Heyman Scholarship Fund, is knighted (KBE) for services to promoting British economic interests and philanthropic work.
The gift, the largest such benefaction for undergraduate financial support in European university history, established the Moritz-Heyman Scholarship Fund, which currently supports 100 undergraduates from low-income backgrounds. Students receive £11,000 per year; this includes £5,500 each year to cover their living costs and a substantial reduction in their tuition fees. Through its matched-funding challenge, the programme seeks to generate an unprecedented total of £300m to support UK undergraduates from lower-income backgrounds. Michael Moritz, an alumnus of Christ Church, Oxford, is a Co-Chair of the Oxford Thinking Campaign and a Campaign Patron.
Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman are Fellows of the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors and have been awarded the Sheldon Medal by the University in recognition of their exceptional generosity to the collegiate University.