Bursary/Other Awards

Please note that The Robertson Trust has published its new Giving Strategy. This sets out the priorities we will have when awarding funds through our open grants programme. The existing application form and guidelines can still be used until July 31st. In line with our existing procedures, we will aim to assess and present all applications received by this date to our September Board meeting. In the event that we are unable to do so, your application may be held until our November meeting. In such cases a member of staff will contact you and provide any assistance required to realign your application with the new Giving Strategy. Find out all you need to know here.

Bursary Scheme: At a glance

Since 1992 The Trust has identified and assisted over 800 young Scots that have the ability, but not necessarily the means, to get the most out of a university education.

The Robertson Trust Scholarship provides bursary support and targeted mentoring to undergraduates to help them fulfil their potential at degree level and access graduate recruitment with increased self-confidence. We are committed to the continuing growth of this support network.

Following a review of our strategy in 2014, The Robertson Trust agreed to significantly increase the number of new undergraduates supported through our Scholarship Bursary Scheme from 60 to 180 each year.

To achieve this we decided that, rather than focussing solely on undergraduates originally living in SIMD 20/40 areas of Glasgow, we would open the bursary to young people from all parts of Scotland suffering from equal social disadvantage. The success of the expansion in reaching this widely across Scotland has involved 15 of Scotland’s 19 universities and 76 Scottish secondary schools. 

At the heart of our bursary awards, is a dedicated training and mentoring programme called Journey to Success, devised to ensure scholars are able to maximise their potential at university and compete successfully for graduate level jobs.

Please note that no direct applications can be made to The Robertson Trust for our busary scheme. All applications must be recommended via schools or universities.

As well as our Bursary Scheme, the Trust offers a number of additional specific awards:

In partnership with Scottish Sports Aid we support a number of initiatives that aim to nurture and develop talented young Scots with the ability and potential to represent Scotland at the highest level of their chosen sport. To apply for funding please contact Scottish Sports Aid directly.

In partnership with Scottish Rugby Union we have also established a rugby scholarship in memory of John Macphail, ex Chairman of The Robertson Trust and former Scotland rugby international. This enables two young rugby players – who have demonstrated the potential to win a future Scottish cap – and two coaches to undertake special training with a New Zealand rugby club each year.

The Trust makes a number of ad hoc awards to Scottish students who show exceptional promise in the performing arts. These awards are made on the recommendation of the Director of the Trust following a careful review of references, CVs and means of support.