Winning Students


Sporting students can apply now for scholarship support

15 March 2016
Canoe World Cup silver medallist Eilidh Gibson is one of the elite athletes that receives an Individual Scholarship from Winning Students

Canoe World Cup silver medallist Eilidh Gibson is one of the elite athletes that receives an Individual Scholarship from Winning Students

Sporting students at colleges and universities in Scotland can apply before Monday 11 April for financial support.

Winning Students provides scholarship funding to help students achieve their sporting and academic goals. The national sports scholarships are open to current students and to school leavers preparing to start their studies this September.

Applications are sought for Individual Scholarships, which apply to athletes competing in individual and small combination sports such as Athletics and Bobsleigh.

Students competing in Badminton, Curling, Football, Golf, Hockey, Judo, Orienteering, Rowing, Swimming, Tennis and Triathlon should not apply as athletes in these sports are nominated directly by the appropriate governing body of sport.

To be considered for support, applicants should meet the selection criteria as shown in the Individual Scholarship section of the Winning Students website.

The programme currently supports 148 students, including Canoe World Cup Silver medallist and University of Edinburgh Biological Sciences student, Eilidh Gibson; Edinburgh College Shooting scholar, Jennifer McIntosh, who has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Olympics; and University of Glasgow Veterinary Medicine student Laura Muir, an 800m and 1500m World Championship Finalist.

“The combination of training and university doesn’t leave room for much else so there’s no way I can fit in a part time job,” said Eilidh.

“The Winning Students support means I have the funding to go down to London as much as I need to, which benefits my training.”

The Winning Students network is made up of 17 universities and 14 colleges throughout Scotland. Students at network institutions benefit from a dedicated co-ordinator to ensure they can balance their studies and sport effectively.

This is a benefit that Jennifer has experienced throughout her time as a student: “Edinburgh College are very supportive, they give me the time off that I need to compete and the support to help me keep up with my studies and work at things in advance.”

Individual Scholarship applications are invited by current and prospective students before Monday 11 April to be considered for funding support from September. School leavers should provide proof of application (college) or a UCAS number (university).

College, universities and governing bodies of sport staff are permitted to submit nominations on behalf of an athlete. Winning Students is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and run by the University of Stirling.

Jason Atkins, Winning Students Programme Co-ordinator, said: “Individual Scholarships provide student athletes competing at the highest levels in their sport with funding and academic flexibility to succeed in their sport and studies.

“There is always fantastic competition for places so I would urge applicants to consider the criteria and complete a nomination form before 11 April.”