Edinburgh Napier University
University of Stirling and The Open University in Scotland
Golfer Pamela Pretswell landed her dream job thanks to help from the Winning Students scholarship programme.
Pamela, who graduated in Business and Management at the University of Glasgow in 2011, was able to play the sport at the highest level in amateur golf throughout her time at University.
And a year after graduating she turned professional and secured her place on the Ladies European Tour. She said: "The Winning Students scholarship when I was at University was just incredible. I would not have been as prepared for life as a professional golfer so quickly after graduation without the support of the Winning Students scholarship.
"Being on the Ladies European Tour is what I always wanted to do. Studying business was a perfect fit for me and I really enjoyed my four years there."
University of Stirling
Robert Gordon University
A promising teenage tennis player, Joe Gill had a decision to make at 18. Focus solely on his sport or consider a life beyond the game. Instead, he chose both. The Yorkshire-man headed north to the University of Stirling, where he combined studies in sport, politics and management with practise and training at the National Tennis Centre.
Whilst studying, Gill achieved a doubles world ranking, won three Aegon British Tour events and represented his university at the elite Master-U BNP Paribas International. Now graduated, Gill is one of eight apprentice coaches employed through sportscotland’s Coaching Futures programme. Working for Tennis Scotland, Gill works across a variety of roles, from coaching the next generation of elite players to running participation programmes in schools and clubs.
Joe said: "The role is fantastic as it allows me to learn from great coaches, share my experiences as a player with top juniors and see what direction I want my career to go in. I’ve been coaching back home since I was 15 and it’s something I always wanted to do. The dream one day would be to manage my own tennis programme which was why I studied Sport Management.
"It was a massive support financially and without it I wouldn’t have been able to afford to compete abroad and improve my game. It also allowed me to balance my studies – I still completed all the essays and sat all the exams, but at times which worked around my tennis."
Chris Grassick will never forget the honour of captaining Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Now the Edinburgh Napier University Business Management graduate is training hard to gain further international honours – this time for Team GB. Since graduating, Chris is now a full-time hockey player with the Great Britain centralised squad, earning his first GB cap in 2014.
"Captaining Scotland at the Commonwealth Games was an amazing experience; the home support was absolutely incredible,” said Chris. To be playing hockey full-time really is a dream come true and hopefully I can be part of the next Olympic Games.
"The scholarship funding from Winning Students was great as I didn't have a job at the time and was trying to train for Scotland whilst doing my business management degree. I have always been interested in business since a young age. It was great having the financial support so I was able to train and study."
Glasgow Caledonian University
University of Stirling
Queen Margaret University
University of Strathclyde