Stuart and Geraldine Mitchell Scholarship

Application period opens
Monday 30 October 2023
Application period closes
This scholarship deadline has now passed (Wednesday 10 April 2024)
Entry
2024
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St Andrews Access Scholarship

This scholarship is supported by Stuart Mitchell, MA Mediaeval History 1987, and forms part of the Wardlaw Scholarship scheme, established in 2004 to provide financial assistance to academically gifted students who would otherwise struggle with the cost of studying at the University of St Andrews.

The scholarship is open to applicants who attended a state school on one of the Scottish Islands, with preference for a student who attended Portree High School, Skye.  

 

Value of award (per year)

£4,400 towards maintenance 

Duration of award

This award is paid annually for the duration of the student's undergraduate programme.

At what stage of my course application can I apply for this scholarship?

You can apply for the scholarship after you have submitted your application for a place at St Andrews. You do not need to wait until you have received an offer of a place before applying for the scholarship.

Application restrictions

Study level

Available to students studying at:

Undergraduate

Domicile for fee status

Scotland home

Schools

Available to faculty members from:

Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Divinity, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economics and Finance, English, Film Studies, Geography and Sustainable Development, History, International Relations, Management, Mathematics and Statistics, Medicine, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology and Neuroscience, Social Anthropology

Application assessment

Financial need (Hardship, means tested)

Available to

Prospective students

Mode of study

Full time, Part time - daytime

Geographical criteria

Scotland (UK/Home)

Additional criteria

Students who attended the following schools will be eligible to apply for the scholarship: 

  • Islay High School (Argyll & Bute region)
  • Rothesay Academy (Argyll & Bute Region)
  • Tiree High School (Argyll & Bute Region)
  • Tobermory High School (Argyll & Bute)
  • Portree High School, Portree (Highland Region)
  • Kirkwall Grammar School (Orkney Islands Region)
  • Stromness Academy (Orkney Islands Region)
  • Anderson High School (Shetland Islands)
  • Brae High School (Shetland Islands)
  • Castle bay School (Western Isles)
  • Sgoil Lionacleit (Western Isles)
  • Sir Edward Scott School (Western Isles)
  • The Nicolson Institute (Western Isles)

As part of the application you will be asked to upload the following documents:

Financial Statement: A written personal financial statement describing any history of financial need (such as free school meals/fees), your current financial circumstances (written context of declared household income), any changes to your income (known changes such as job loss), and how a scholarship will assist your learning.

This should include relevant information such as:

  • Details of your personal financial situation
  • Household members earning and those not earning income
  • Any expected changes to this income after you start your intended course
  • Whether you have been in receipt of any financial support such as benefits
  • Any previous needs based scholarships/bursaries you have held
  • Any extenuating circumstances such as carer, dependents, disability, refugee
  • Where self-employed details of wages and drawings are required
  • Any other information that will help us understand why you need funding

Household Income: Evidence of the income stated in your scholarship application as total household income. Provide all relevant forms of income for the current or most recent full year: employment/wage/salary statements (most recent three months), tax certificates or returns, confirmation letters from Department of Work and Pensions, award letters from Social Security Scotland, letters from local government, Council Tax statement, Tax credits, PIP, DLA, dividends, pension, annuity, where evidence is not available please provide bank statements/E-statements (most recent three months) to show receipt of income. Preferably pdf or similar small file size format and in English.

It is extremely important that you give complete and accurate information when you apply to us for funding .

How to apply

This scholarship is available through the St Andrews Access Scholarship application. You can access this application through the ‘Scholarships and Funding catalogue’ in the Scholarships and Funding section of My Application

After you have applied to a new course beginning in the academic year 2024-25, you will be provided with login details for the My application portal. You must allow at least two working days for processing and issue of your log in details before you can apply for this scholarship.

Please apply to the St Andrews Access Scholarship in order to be considered for the award listed above.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the University of St Andrews scholarships terms and conditions

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If applying to this scholarship, please be aware of the following requirements:

  • Core personal details may be passed to the benefactors of your scholarship.Your name, the name of your town of origin, school/college and subject of study will be passed to the donor of the scholarship with your consent.
  • Your scholarship award in subsequent years of study is conditional upon your successful completion of the academic requirements to progress in your proposed subject of study at the University of St Andrews. If your scholarship is subject-related then your award is usually also conditional upon your continuing to study that specific subject.
  • Attendance at Development related scholarship events (including invitations to meet the donors) is strongly encouraged. You will be invited to these as appropriate by the Development Office.
  • Submission of reports throughout the period of scholarship support. You are required to submit an Introductory Biography at the start of your award period and the Development Office will contact you towards the end of the academic session for a report on your time at St Andrews to share with the donors of your award. This will be an annual cycle for the duration of your award.

When will I know the outcome?

The outcome of your scholarship application will be available on "View my applications" in the Scholarships and Funding section of My Application by mid May 2024.