To be considered for a Winning Students sports scholarship, students and prospective students should meet general, education and sport-specific criteria.
Scotland’s national sports scholarship programme, Winning Students, announced this month which scholars would be part of the programme for 2016-17 academic year. The scholarships provide gifted young athletes studying in colleges and universities across Scotland with funding support and the flexibility to achieve their sporting and academic goals.
By any measure, 2016 has been an excellent season for University of Stirling golfer, Gemma Batty. The Business and Sport Studies third year student won Scottish, British and European Universities titles as part of Team Stirling.
Having helped Hibernian Ladies win a place in the Champions League, Heriot- Watt University’s Kirsty Smith is looking forward to the challenge of facing Bayern Munich in the opening round of the knockout draw.
There is sure to be a carnival atmosphere in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium tomorrow night as it hosts the 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony, and a record number of Winning Students scholars will be part of the celebrations.
“It’s a very sensible option to study alongside sport because your sporting career isn’t going to last your lifetime. If you are lucky you can make a living but once you stop competing it’s very important to have something to fall back on. There’s a possibility of injury as well so you never know how your career is going to pan out really. Study works to balance your sport as well because it’s a really useful distraction.”
Laura Muir, Athletics
University of Glasgow student
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