ASF Scholarship Newsletter

Our scholarship highlights from February SCHOLARSHIP to July UPDATE 2020 SCHOLARSHIP UPDATE SCHOLARSHIP UPDATE Thank You Russell Trust! Record Number of Students Benefit from Scholarships Despite the challenges of COVID-19 it’s been a bumper year for scholarships at Fife College with a record number of students applying and being awarded scholarships. This year, from August 2019 to July 2020, over 200 students have been awarded overall giving them some much needed cash and an amazing boost to help them reach their goals. New online applications forms and increased promotion have meant that Fife College has been able to support more students than ever before, just at the time when it was needed most. We’re keen to help even more students this year and are excited to launch some new scholarships and initiatives – look out for news on these coming soon! Scholarships in Numbers 2019/20 208 students were awarded scholarships 16% more than the previous year Award winners shared £176,000 £61,000 more than the previous year We received 895 applications More than DOUBLE last year Since our scholarship programme began just over 20 years ago we have awarded an amazing £700k to almost 1500 students to help them achieve their goals! One of the College’s largest scholarships, funded through the Russell Trust, was also a record breaker this year. In total, 108 students received Russell Trust Scholarships reflecting their hard work and commitment. In light of the current coronavirus crisis, this year’s generous donation of £15,000 from the Russell Trust was topped up to £20,000 by the Adam Smith Foundation, enabling many more students to benefit. The awards ranging from £50 to £500 are supporting students to buy equipment and resources to help them progress in their studies, giving them some much needed help and recognition in these difficult times. Despite College campuses being closed scholarship awards were still able to be made, not in person this year but online, and each student also received a certificate to mark their achievement. One scholarship recipient, Charlene Slimming from Cowdenbeath, plans to use her award to buy a new laptop to help her continue her course and also apply for university. Charlene, who is studying an Advanced Certificate: Pathway to HNC/D and Degree course, said: “I am relieved and delighted to have been awarded a scholarship! A new laptop will be especially beneficial to continue communication with the College, complete my course and also the video interview required for university during this pandemic “As a family of 5 we currently have no income due to lockdown and without this scholarship this would not have been possible. I am extremely grateful.” The Russell Trust Scholarship, which has been supporting the College’s Adam Smith Foundation Scholarship programme since 1999, is part of a wide range of scholarships available to Fife College students each year which is one of the largest college scholarship programmes in Scotland. Iona Russell, from the Russell Trust, congratulates students! Page 1 Page 2