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Graduate lunch 2017

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The Robertson Trust hosted its largest ever graduation lunch last week to celebrate the achievements of 56 graduating scholars.

This year's scholars came from ten universities across the country with degrees in 21 subjects, including Medicine, Aeronautical Engineering, Optometry, Accountancy, Veterinary Medicine and Law. 

Held in Glasgow, the event was also attended by Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, who spoke with many of the scholars prior to the lunch to find out more about their own journeys and experiences of being part of The Robertson Trust Scholarship's story.

In his speech, he said: "You all have every right to be proud of your achievements and I have greatly enjoyed the conversations (with scholars) I was able to have earlier today. What you have achieved to date has given you a remarkable foundation on which to base the rest of your life.

"I'd also like to pay tribute to The Robertson Trust and the contribution that the Robertson sisters' generosity continues to make in this country.

"The scholarship programme has been put together in a really imaginative way and many scholars have also spoken to me about the benefits of the advice, guidance and training they have received."

Meanwhile, Mark Laing, Chairman of The Robertson Trust Scholarship, added: "I hope that you are all as proud of yourselves as we are of you. This is the start of your journey to success and I'm in no doubt that the best is yet to come."

The Robertson Trust Scholarship Bursary Award is a talent management programme which 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. At the heart of the award 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. You can read more about this here.

In the past four years, the Trust has doubled the number of young people we support and this growth will continue over the coming years. Currently, there are over 450 Trust-supported scholars at universities across the country, each of whom has won a place on the programme following a rigorous selection process.

You can see some pictures and Tweets from this year's graduate lunch in the Storify below.