Students and school leavers preparing to start their studies can apply now for a Winning Students sports scholarship.
Winning Students – Scotland’s national sports scholarships - currently support more than 100 promising student athletes in colleges and universities across Scotland.
Recipients include European Ladies Curling champions Vicki Adams and Anna Sloan, pictured, and Scottish and British All Styles Karate champion Calum Robb.
Scholarships provide up to £5,500 of funding support coupled with academic flexibility to help student athletes achieve their sporting and academic goals.
Applications are sought for current or prospective students competing in individual sports such as athletics or in small combination sports like doubles tennis.
Athletes competing in badminton, golf, hockey, judo, orienteering, squash, swimming, triathlon and women’s football should not apply as these are core sports of the programme and applications are submitted directly by the sport’s national governing body.
To be considered for a 2012-13 Winning Students Individual Scholarship, athletes should have attained the following, or demonstrated the potential to achieve:
Top 25 at the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games or World Championships
Top 15 at the European Championships or Commonwealth Games
Top 5 at the World University Games or World University Championships
The nomination process closes on 31 March 2012, and nomination forms can be submitted by the athlete or by the governing body of sport; the college or university on behalf of the athlete, but must carry a signature from all three parties to be considered. Anyone not yet at college or university should provide proof of application (college) or a UCAS number (university).
Representatives of the Winning Students Advisory Board will consider the nominated athletes and conditional offers will be made in May 2012.