Winning Students

The scholarship

Winning Students scholarships are awarded annually and can value up to £6,000 per annum, providing tailored support and academic flexibility.

Scholarships are available to full-time and part-time students at college or university and to able-bodied and disability athletes.

Scholarship funding can be spent on a number of support services from student accommodation to competition fees and sports equipment.

We work closely with Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport and with the sportscotland institute of sport to ensure this funding complements existing support.

In our core sports, athletes are put forward for support by their governing body, whilst Individual Scholarships offer athletes in other sports the chance to receive support.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Selection criteria

  • One

    You must have a British passport and be able to represent either Great Britain or Scotland

  • Two

    You must be studying or set to study at a college or university in the Winning Students network

  • Three

    You should be aged 16 to 28 for able-bodied athletes or aged 16 to 35 for disability athletes though scholarship upper age limits are flexible

  • Four

    You should meet the sporting criteria as outlined for each sport

The nomination process

  • Students who compete in a Winning Students core sport are nominated directly by their sport's governing body. Select your core sport for sport-specific information and contact the Performance representative for more details. Nominated athletes will be invited to complete and return the full selection paperwork.

  • Individual Scholarship nominations - open to athletes in non core sports - can be submitted by the athlete, sports governing body or by a college or university representative to be considered for support. See the Individual Scholarships section for more details on how to apply. Please note Individual Scholarship applications for the 2017/18 academic year are now closed.

  • Nominated athletes are then ratified by the University of Stirling as Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence against the full selection criteria.

  • Selected athletes are officially confirmed each October and can support until the end of the academic year in June.

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Application Timeline

  • Icon of a sprinter in the starting blocks
    On Your Marks!

    Individual Scholarship applications are open in February and close in April each year. Applications for the 2018-19 academic year are now open and submissions must be made by 11.59pm on Sunday 22 April 2018 for consideration.

  • Icon of a sprinter poised ready to go
    Get Set!

    All nominated athletes complete and return their paperwork by 30 September.

  • Icon of a sprinter at full speed
    Go!

    Core sport and Individual Scholarship athletes are announced each October.

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    Congratulations!

    Support runs from October until the following June.