New bursary scheme to launch for Gray’s students

The RGU Foundation has received a multi-year pledge of £24,000 to fund a new bursary scheme aimed at supporting young people who wish to study at Gray’s School of Art.

Baillie Gifford & Co., an independent investment partnership headquartered in Edinburgh, will fund four undergraduate scholarships over the course of seven years, with each RGU student receiving £1,500 per annum to support their studies.

The first recipient of the award, which will be called the Baillie Gifford Scholarship, will be announced in September.

The scholarship aims to encourage students who might not otherwise attend Gray’s School of Art to apply, linking in with RGU’s Access to Creative Education Scotland (ACES) programme which offers S5 and S6 pupils from under represented Aberdeen City schools the opportunity to try art and architecture taster sessions.

CEO of The RGU Foundation, Charles E. Davis III, said: “Baillie Gifford is known throughout the UK for their corporate philanthropy. We are delighted that this, their first gift to RGU, will be used to support students at Gray’s School of Art.

“Undertaking an art and design course can incur costs not associated with other subjects, particularly in terms of materials such as paint and canvases, and the Baillie Gifford Scholarship will go a long way towards removing the financial barriers that some young people may face when considering their next steps.”

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