The Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York Scholarship funds one year of study in or near New York City.
Final year students about to complete a first degree before September 2018 or first time graduates (2017) of this University with a Scottish background are invited to apply.
Candidates are advised to apply to more than one university. In previous years highly qualified candidates have failed to gain a place at the university of their choice, and have then found it difficult or impossible to find a place elsewhere.
|Number of awards ||Two |
|Value ||Not less than $30,000 |
|Deadline ||Closed for this year |
The value of the Scholarship Grant is $30,000, which is intended to cover the cost of university tuition fees in the first instance, but at the discretion of the Selection Committee may be applied wholly or mainly towards the cost of travel or accommodation, if they are satisfied that tuition fees will be paid (or waived) by the host university or by another grant-giving body.
Any costs above this must be met by the successful student.
Preference will be given to candidates who have no previous experience of the United States and for whom a period of study there can be expected to be a life-changing experience. Selection will be on the basis of an all-round assessment, including personality and academic achievement.
The selection process is administered for the Society by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, who will appoint the Selection Committee and make recommendations to the Society
- The monetary value of each Scholarship will be not less than $30,000, to be applied in the first instance to payment of tuition fees
- The Selection Committee has discretion to allow the grant to be applied wholly or mainly towards the cost of travel or accommodation, if they are satisfied that tuition fees will be paid (or waived) by the host university or by another grant-giving body
- There is no formal means test, but account will be taken of any other scholarships, bursary, grant or waiver of fees awarded in connection with the candidate’s proposed course of study in the United States
- It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that they have fully researched the total likely cost of studying in their chosen university, as well as the cost of travel and accommodation. Neither the Society nor the Carnegie Trust can offer further financial assistance beyond the amount of the Scholarship
- Applicants are advised that, once an application has been accepted by an American university, a deposit will need to be paid to the university to secure the place offered. The payment of the deposit may be required before the final outcome of the selection process for the St Andrew’s scholarships is known.
The Award is insufficient to fund a year's study in the USA so please use www.fundingusstudy.org/ to look for further sources of funding.
- The Scholarship will be tenable from September 2018 to May 2019 at a University in the United States, within a radius of 250 miles from New York City, or within the area of Washington, DC.
- Where a student cannot find a course for his/her special subject of study within the geographical area indicated above, the Society will consider allowing the Scholarship to be held at another University in the United States.
- Candidates are strongly advised to apply to more than one university. In previous years highly qualified candidates have failed to gain a place at the university of their choice, and have then found it difficult or impossible to find a place elsewhere.
Scholars' involvement with the Society
- The Society will invite its scholars to be its guests for its annual St Andrew’s Day Banquet in New York City (typically on the Friday evening before Thanksgiving) and for its annual Tartan Ball in New York City in the spring.
- Scholars are expected to send to the Society at least two informal written reports, one in the first semester and the other in the second, addressing their personal and educational experiences during their time in the United States.
- The scholars will be asked to stay in contact with the Society, so that they may continue to receive information about the Society and Society events, and so that the Society may learn of their progress as they advance through their respective lives.
Recent experience shows that a number of worthy candidates have been placed in difficulties because they have applied to one US University only, as some US universities can be very slow in allocating places and at least one appears to have a quota for applicants from Scotland. Therefore, potential candidates are encouraged to ‘spread their bets’ by applying to several universities. Also, candidates should note that the St Andrews scholarship grant is insufficient to fund a year’s study in the US, so please refer to the website www.fundingusstudy.com as a guide to other sources of potential funding.
St Andrew's Society further particulars
1. Candidates must be Scottish by birth or descent, and will be expected to have current knowledge of Scotland and Scottish current affairs, and of the Scottish tradition generally. The Society expects its scholars to be good ambassadors for Scotland.
2. Candidates must also be:
- graduates of either a Scottish university, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who have completed their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) not earlier than 2017;
- or students of a Scottish university, or of Oxford or Cambridge, who expect to complete their first degree course (so as to be qualified to graduate) in 2018.
An Honours degree is not essential.
How to apply
- Completed application forms must be e-mailed by the deadline of 26 February to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Applications should not be submitted to the Saint Andrew’s Society or to the Carnegie Trust.
St Andrew s Society Application Form
Applications must be accompanied by references from two academic referees to be submitted on the referee form below for each reference.
St Andrews Referee Form
Interviews will take place in Edinburgh in the second half of April 2018 (exact date to be confirmed). Candidates will be informed whether they have been successful as soon as possible thereafter.
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This scholarship was added on 20/11/2017