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Ivan Bilicki (Sc 01-03) - The gift of an opportunity

Ivan tells us what a Tonbridge education meant to him

18 Jun 2020
Giving back
Ivan Bilicki (Sc 01 - 03)
Ivan Bilicki (Sc 01 - 03)

Ivan Bilicki (Sc 01-03) tells us what a Tonbridge education meant to him and why he has chosen to become a member of the Judde Society.

My parents left Serbia in the 90s due to the wars and economic hardship. Unable to return to Serbia and with an uncertain future, I was fortunate enough to be accepted at Tonbridge under a full scholarship.

My experience at Tonbridge was wonderful and I received a world-class education. The teachers were very passionate, knowledgeable and pedagogical. I think that until this day, my time at Tonbridge has been my most positively formative moment in academia. I was challenged like never before.

After getting good grades during my A-levels, I applied to many universities for Electrical Engineering and eventually settled on McGill University in Toronto, Canada, where I did my Bachelor’s and Master’s under a full scholarship. I am sure that if it wasn’t for Tonbridge, it wouldn’t have been as easy to get noticed. After university, I started working for IBM Canada as a Compiler Software Developer, where I am until this day.

I will be forever grateful for the generosity from Tonbridge School between September 2001 and June 2003. I have grown in the best possible way while being there, and this paved my way for a successful further education and adult life.

Ivan has generously chosen to support Tonbridge with a gift in his Will. 

To read stories from David Kemp (PS 42 - 47), Charles Burt (MH 67 - 70) and Luke Wallace (MH 04 - 09) see our Judde Society brochure here

Guidance on leaving a legacy gift to the Tonbridge School Foundation (Registered Charity 1099162) can be found here.


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