Since 1960, the Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York has provided over 183 graduate scholarships to promote cultural understanding and goodwill between Scotland and the United States. William and Mary has been invited to submit one nomination for the award this year.
Applicants must be senior undergraduate students who will obtain their William and Mary Bachelor's degree in the Spring of 2018, have evidence of Scottish descent, require financial assistance for the graduate program, and demonstrate the significance of studying in Scotland. Proof of application to their selected schools will be required of finalists. Candidates must reside within 250 miles of New York state.
Qualifications and selection
Candidates should possess qualifications which will enable them to be good ambassadors for the United States while in Scotland. The basis for selected shall include: 1) the student's academic achievement; 2) extracurricular activities, 3) financial need; 4) clarity of career purpose in pursuing a year of graduate study in Scotland; 5) a statement that sets forth why the applicant wishes to continue their education, with clarity around the gradute study objective(s) to be achieved and why they wish to study in Scotland; 6) some Scottish descent; and 7) proof of U.S. citizenship.
Please note: this scholarship is tenable at any university in Scotland, not just St. Andrew's. The British Council has on its EducationUK website a very useful search engine you should use when beginning your research of appropriate programs.
Eligible candidates should submit the following to the Charles Center by 12 p.m. on December 1 (if December 1 falls on a weekend, materials are due by noon the Friday before):
- completed application form
- two letters of reference from appropriate faculty members who can speak to the applicant's potential for academic success during a year of graduate study in Scotland (signed hard copies on letterhead submitted in sealed envelopes)
- official transcript(s) of all university-level work
- curriculum vitae or resume
- two short essays, of not more than 200 words each, that address the following:
1) why you wish to continue your education beyond the present year;
2) why you wish to study in Scotland and how this study will contribute to your overall goals
- proof of citizenship (copy of photo page of passport is ideal)
- a letter from an appropriate official in the Financial Aid office, with knowledge of the applicant's financial status, certifying that assistance would be required for a year of graduate study in Scotland
A campus committee will review the applications and select the William and Mary nominee.
It is the Society's usual practice to invite six (6) finalists to a luncheon in New York City during February or early March. Following this meeting, two (2) of these finalists will be awarded a scholarship for graduate study in Scotland. The award provides funds up to a total of $30,000 to be used initially against tuition, then board, transportation and other expenses.
Questions? Email Fellowships@wm.edu.