Saint Andrew’s Scholarship (New York)
Beginning in 1960 the Saint Andrew’s Society of New York has provided over 120 graduate scholarships to promote cultural interchange and goodwill between Scotland and the U.S. The scholarship is given to those students who demonstrate a financial need to continue their education through graduate programs in Scotland.
Allowing only one candidate nomination per collegiate institution, the scholarship offers the recipient funding for up to $20,000 to be used initially against tuition, then board, transportation, and other expenses. While it is not mandatory, preference is given to those individuals who have not previously studied in the U.K., and to those who reside or attend school within 250 miles of New York.
Eligibility and Qualifications
Applicants should possess qualities which will enable them to be good ambassadors for the U.S. while in Scotland. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals and of some Scottish descent. The Saint Andrew’s Society of New York looks for strong candidates who have actively participated in extra-curricular activities. Because this scholarship is given to promote ambassadorial duties, applicants should show a strong interest in relevant organizations and their community. High grades and a sufficiently strong curriculum to gain attendance to a first-rate graduation institution are required.
Application Procedures and Selection Criteria
Penn may only nominate one student; the Saint Andrew’s Society of New York does not accept applications directly from the candidates. The following items are required by CURF:
- Scholarship application form
- Written statement describing the applicant’s reasons for continuing education beyond the present year and for studying in Scotland
- Certification from an appropriate official verifying financial need
- Three letters of recommendation
All applicants must submit these materials in a single file in .pdf format. No other format will be accepted. To create a copy of your Penn transcript, go to Penn InTouch and print your transcript to pdf. (If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, download the free installer to obtain the free version of Adobe or use a Penn computer that has Adobe Acrobat installed.) “Print” and save each document as a pdf, then create a single pdf file as indicated above by navigating to Acrobat’s “File -> Create -> Combine Files into a Single PDF” feature.
Applications are due to CURF on November 30, 2015.
Once CURF has nominated one student, the application for Penn’s nominated student will be forwarded by CURF to the Saint Andrew’s Society of New York for consideration by their deadline of December 15. Six finalists will be invited to a lunch in February or March, and two winners announced.