Winning Students


2017/18 Individual Scholarship applications now open

14 March 2017
Paralympic cycling champion, Karen Darke, has enjoyed great success during her time as a Winning Students individual scholar

Paralympic cycling champion, Karen Darke, has enjoyed great success during her time as a Winning Students individual scholar

Scotland’s national sports scholarship programme, Winning Students, has opened the application process for its 2017/18 intake of individual scholar athletes.

As well as working with Member Institutions to offer benefits including academic flexibility, Winning Students provides scholarship funding to help students achieve their sporting and academic goals. The national sports scholarships are open to current students and to school leavers preparing to start their studies in September 2017.

Applications are now being sought for Individual Scholarships, which apply to athletes competing in individual and small combination sports such as athletics, gymnastics and weightlifting amongst others.

Students competing in badminton, canoeing, curling, football, golf, hockey, judo, orienteering, rowing, swimming, tennis and triathlon should not apply for Individual Scholarships as athletes in these sports are nominated directly by the appropriate governing body of sport.

To be considered for support, applicants should meet the selection criteria outlined on our Scholarship information page. Visit our Individual Scholarships page for more specific information and to apply. 

The programme currently supports more than 150 students, with individual scholars including European champion, British record-holder and IAAF Diamond League winner, Laura Muir, training to be a vet at the University of Glasgow, and Paralympic cycling champion, Karen Darke, who is studying psychology and Spanish through the Open University in Scotland.

Commenting on her Winning Students scholarship, Karen said: “Winning Students gave me the opportunity to change my academic focus and it’s great to get advice about the direction of my studies as a scholar athlete. As part of the programme I am lucky enough to be given flexibility when it comes to studying and competing and it’s much easier to manage when the people you’re working with understand the pressures and can help co-ordinate solutions.

“As an athlete, it’s not enough just to be physical all the time and I find studying offers a good outlet from training. The support from Winning Students has allowed me to combine competing with my studies which is vital as I can continue training at the highest level whilst keeping in mind what I might do in the future after sport."

Individual Scholarship applications are invited by current and prospective students by 11.59pm on Wednesday 19 April to be considered for funding support from September 2017. School leavers should provide proof of application (college) or a UCAS number (university).

College, universities and governing bodies of sport staff are permitted to submit nominations on behalf of an athlete.

Jason Atkins, Winning Students Programme Co-ordinator, said: “Individual Scholarships provide student athletes with the funding and academic flexibility to combine sport and study effectively. I would urge applicants to consider the criteria and complete a nomination form as soon as possible.”

Winning Students is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and run by the University of Stirling.