Since 1992, The Robertson Trust has provided scholarships, bursary awards and grants to individuals. In recent years we have developed this into our Journey to Success, which has worked with young Scots who have the ability, but not necessarily the means, to get the most out of a university education. This pic is from our 2012 graduation (and includes a current member of our scholarship team!), but the programme has continued to grow year on year....
...and in 2018/19 we supported 631 Scholars on their university journey. Financial support is key to ensuring that our young people, from some of the poorest communities in Scotland, are able to sustain their studies. But we aim to do a great deal more than that by providing self-development and employability training, internships and career development support that enables our Scholars to access graduate careers and go on to make a difference in business and society. This photo is from our 2018 graduation, which saw the achievements of 73 graduating scholars recognised at a special ceremony at the Hilton Doubletee in Glasgow.
Our Career Pathways in particular were a key development in 2018/19. They aim to provide a more immersive experience of career areas, through awareness-raising activities, mentoring and work experience, enabling Scholars to build a network that will support their entry into the world of work. Initial partnerships in this area include The John Smith Centre, with whom we have developed a two-year programme including internships with MSPs and MPs, and The Vine Trust, who are providing Scholars with the chance to support an international expedition from all the way from initial fundraising to delivery and review. We have also developed a financial services programme with The Juniper Trust and a mentoring programme with the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Our long-standing partners Didasko have also developed an exciting programme around investment management. We are truly grateful for the support of all our partners in this area who are providing such wonderful and valuable experiences for our Scholars. This pc shows Megan Sutherland, Jordan Cavell and Zainab Magzoub, the first three receipients of the John Smith Scholarship.
We continue to support a range of cultural and sporting activity through our Excellence Awards, with a focus on the development of young Scottish talent. As the latest recipients of our John Macphail Scholarships Jacob Henry, Thomas Jeffrey and Kristian Kay (pictured above) have recently returned from five months in the high-performance training facility at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and we look forward to following their progress as young stars of Scottish Rugby in the future. Our Dundee Rep Graduate Apprentice Ross Baxter, our Scottish Opera emerging artist Lucy Adamson and our Citizen's Theatre Actor Intern Malcolm Cumming all had busy years performing in major productions and developing their skills.