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 nominated for support by their governing body, whilst Individual Scholarships offer athletes in other sports the chance to receive support.

Once an athlete is nominated, their selection is verified by the relevant institution and Winning Students team. Scholarship values are agreed by programme partners in line with performance development plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Selection criteria

  • One

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

  • Two

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

  • Three

    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

  • Four

    You should meet the sporting criteria as outlined for each sport

Individual Scholarships

Find out more about the Individual Scholarship category which accepts applications from athletes competing in either individual sports or in small combination sports such as bobsleigh.


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 to be considered for support. See the Individual Scholarships section for more details on how to apply. Individual Scholarship applications for 2020/21 are currently unavailable due to ongoing discussions around programme funding.

  • 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.

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Application Timeline

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    On Your Marks!
    Individual Scholarship applications for 2020/21 are currently unavailable due to ongoing discussions around programme funding.

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    Get Set!
    All nominated athletes complete and return their paperwork by end of September.

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    Core sport and Individual Scholarship athletes are announced each October.

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    Support runs from October until the following June.