Published Wednesday, 6th November 2013 in Study at SRUC news
Four students at Scotland’s Rural College are amongst 165 “promising athletes” to receive funding support and academic flexibility through national sports scholarships Winning Students.
Thomas Muirhead (Edinburgh), Cameron Smith (Oatridge) and Kyle Smith (Edinburgh) are three of the men’s curling team crowned World Junior Champions earlier this year in Moscow. The fourth student, Hazel Smith (Ayr) is on the Royal Caledonian Curling Club’s World Class Performance Programme as someone with the potential of achieving podium performances.
There are more curlers amongst the full list of 165 but many other sports, including rowing, shooting, orienteering, hockey, badminton, sailing and skiing are included spread across 30 universities and colleges.
Winning Students was established in 2008, funded by the Scottish Funding Council and run by the University of Stirling. In the past five years, it has invested more than £2 million in scholarships to some 340 athletes, making it the third largest sporting support programme in Scotland.
Athletes are primarily identified by their sport’s governing body across 11 core sports with further scholarships awarded to exceptional athletes in other sports.
An aim of the programme is to provide Scottish athletes with the opportunity to remain in Scotland to undertake their studies and recent research found 34% of Winning Students indicated the programme had influenced their decision on choice of college or university.
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