Jack Reacher Scholarships launched at Sheffield University
31st July 2009
International crime writer Lee Child has launched a scholarship scheme at his former university, under the name of his famed action character Jack Reacher.
The author has donated £104,000 to fund 52 Jack Reacher Scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students, equal to about £2,000 each.
A former law graduate at the university where author JRR Tolkien studied, 54-year-old Mr Child said he believed in giving something back following his new-found fame.
He said: 'I was very happy to help out - my generation went to university for free and I believe in giving something back.
'Just like my literary character Jack Reacher, if I see things that are wrong, I want to put them right.'
Prior to becoming a writer, Mr Child worked for Granada Television in Manchester and had a hand in drama series including Brideshead Revisited, Cracker and Prime Suspect.
Books featuring crime fighting hero Jack Reacher include the most recent Gone Tomorrow, Nothing to Lose and the debut Reacher novel Killing Floor.