For Schools

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.

Selection and Assessment Process for Secondary School Applicants

In 2014, we received 92 applications from schools in Glasgow and Dundee. In 2015 this increased to 200 while 2016 saw a further increase to 245. This expansion has involved 15 of Scotland’s 19 universities and 76 Scottish secondary schools working in partnership with us to select young people aged between 16-25 who have the ability but not necessarily the financial means to reach their potential at undergraduate level. Each year we award a maximum of 180 places to young people attending Scottish Universities.

The Robertson Trust Scholarship does not accept unsolicited applications from individuals.

All applications must be submitted by one of our partner schools or universities according to the following guidelines:

  • 16-25 year olds accessing a programme of undergraduate study at a Scottish University;
  • Indication of financial need i.e. evidence of low income, receipt of EMA/Free School Meals;
  • Commitment to learning and a keenness to participate on our self-development programme;
  • Evidence of care experience impacting on education;
  • Resident in Scotland at time of application;
  • ‘Leave to remain’ within the UK;
  • Candidates are assessed according to 75% financial need and 25% ability, although it is expected that recipients of the award are high achievers;
  • Only first degrees will be considered.
Round opens: electronic applications sent out to schools 1st January 2017 
Deadline for school applications 31st March 2017
First Assessment Committee 30th June 2017
List of final candidates sent to each university for agreement 1st July 2017
Conditional offers sent out to candidates 8th July 2017

Candidates must prove they have met entrance requirements

9th August 2017
Outward Bound Medical Forms returned to The Trust 12th August 2017
Residential Induction Weekend with Outward Bound 26th-28th August 2017
First ‘Journey to Success’ workshops on campus 1st September 2017 onwards