Help to support future generations of students at St Andrews

what are wardlaw scholarships?

Wardlaw Scholarships - named after Bishop Henry Wardlaw, the founder of the University - were established in 2002 to enable bright students who have the talent but not the financial means to take up their place and study at St Andrews.

why support a scholarship?

By supporting a Wardlaw Scholarship you can help provide a means-tested award of £4,000 per year for the duration of the student's undergraduate degree. The Scholarship will:

  • help with their living costs – including accommodation, textbooks, lab kits and bills
  • give them the financial freedom to join societies and student clubs and enjoy the St Andrews experience
  • help them to focus on their studies without worrying about lack of part-time jobs and sudden changes to family finances.

"Supporting a Wardlaw Scholarship literally and permanently changes the life of an intelligent young person who is brimming with potential. Through your generosity, they will gain access to a St Andrews education  and the joy, stimulation, and rewards that such an education brings.

This is an immensely precious gift   and a very special thing to do."

Vice Principal Education (Proctor), Professor Clare Peddie

what impact does a scholarship have?

Some of our students describe the very real impact that their Scholarship has had on their lives:


'Without your help, I would never in a million years have had the chance to pursue my passion for astronomy and astrophysics. I'm now hoping to do a PhD in star formation. Thank you for helping to open up such a bright future for me - none of this would have been possible without you!'


'I am studying Art History and I am not sure how I would have managed throughout the pandemic without my Scholarship. It helps pay my bills and food and also with the study materials I need and so much more. I feel as though I have found my place and my people here, and that's something hard to put into words. All I can say is thank you to everyone who helps fund Wardlaw Scholarships like mine. It means everything.'


'Without this Scholarship, I do not know how I would have been able to go to this University, focus on my studies, and be able to take advantage of all the excellent extra-curricular opportunities here. I am certain that studying maths here was the right choice!'


'I was once a very disadvantaged young person, who had no-one around to guide, care and comfort me in my time of need. Now I am proud to say that I am a student at a top university with big dreams for the future. I'm now thinking about pursuing a career in environmental law. I haven't had the chance to travel much in my life so far and would love to see all the parts of the world that I learnt so much about in my degree.'

How can you help?

You can donate now to the Wardlaw Scholarship Fund:

  • £5 funds coffee and snack during an exam time
  • £10 funds a student society membership fee and helps a student to meet new friends
  • £20 pays the cost of a student bus ticket for a week
  • £50 helps towards textbook costs 
  • £100 funds essential field trip costs without causing financial worry
  • £200 buys a Saints Sport membership with access to the facility and sports clubs 
  • £4,000 provides the first year's scholarship funding
  • £16,000 provides a full scholarship for the duration of their four-year undergraduate degree (named Scholarships are available) 
  • Or gift of any size will help.

You can also support our students in other ways:

  • resister as a follower or helper so we can keep you informed of progress
  • mentor a student or offer a student an internship: visit Saints Connect to find out more.

Thank you

Photo credits: University of St Andrews, Gayle McIntyre; Black and white pier walk photo by Mr George Allan Little