Winning Students

The scholarship

Winning Students scholarships are awarded annually and can value up to £6,000 per annum, providing tailored support and academic flexibility.

Scholarships are available to full-time and part-time students at college or university and to able-bodied and disability athletes.

Scholarship funding can be spent on a number of support services from student accommodation to competition fees and sports equipment.

We work closely with Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport and with the sportscotland institute of sport to ensure this funding complements existing support.

In our core sports, athletes are put forward for support by their governing body, whilst Individual Scholarships offer athletes in other sports the chance to gain support.




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Selection criteria


    You must have a British passport and be able to represent either Great Britain or Scotland

  • You must be studying or set to study at a college or university in the Winning Students network

  • You should be aged 16 to 28 for able-bodied athletes or aged 16 to 35 for disability athletes though scholarship upper age limits are flexible

  • You should meet the sporting criteria as outlined for each sport


Core sports criteria



The Nomination Process

  • Students who compete in a Winning Students core sport are nominated directly by their sport's governing body. Select your core sport for sport-specific information and contact the Performance representative for more details. Nominated athletes will be invited to complete and return the full selection paperwork.

  • Individual Scholarship nominations - open to athletes in non core sports - can be submitted by the athlete, sports governing body or by a college or university representative before March 31 to be considered for support in the next academic year. See the Individual Scholarships section for more details on how to apply.

  • Nominated athletes are then ratified by the University of Stirling as Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence against the full selection criteria.

  • Selected athletes are officially confirmed each October and can support until the end of the academic year in June.


Individual Scholarships

Find out more about the Individual Scholarship category, which is open for nominations.


Application Timeline

  • On Your Marks!

    Individual Scholarship nominations must be submitted by 31 March.

  • Get Set!

    All nominated athletes complete and return their paperwork by 30 September.

  • Go!

    Core sport and Individual Scholarship athletes are announced each October.

  • Congratulations!

    Support runs from October until the following June.