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Other educational grants and funding 

We manage a number of funds that assist young people in their education.

Ayrshire Educational Trust

The Ayrshire Educational Trust can award grants for a range of educational
purposes including:

  • Competitive University/College Entrance Bursary
  • Travel Scholarship
  • Foreign Language Grant
  • Travel Grant
  • Assistance in obtaining practical experience of trades
  • Special Equipment Grant
  • Support of Clubs
  • Adult Education Grant
  • School Excursions Grant
  • Holiday Homes
  • Holiday Travel

Spier's Trust Scheme 1978

Supporting people living within the areas of:

  • Beith
  • Dalry
  • Dunlop
  • Kilbirnie
  • Lochwinnoch
  • Neilston

The Spier's Trust Committee awards grants to people in North Ayrshire each financial year.

If you, or your parent's, financial circumstances mean you cannot meet the cost of attending a course (or getting tuition in any academic, artistic, scientific or technological subject) you may be eligible to apply for this grant. Full details can be found in the Spier's Trust guide (PDF, 209kb).

To apply, complete and return a Spier’s Trust application form (Word, 149kb).

Hugh Watt Bursary

Supporting young people whose financial circumstances mean they can’t meet the costs of studying at university in Scotland.

The award supports people who live:

  • in the former 'Royal Burgh of Irvine'
  • within 4 miles of the former 'Royal Burgh of Irvine'
  • in the former 'County of Ayr'

Details on how to apply can be found in the Hugh Watt Bursary Guidance (Word, 25kb).

Student Awards

The Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) provides support for students who live or study in Scotland through a Student Loan Scheme.

Support from SAAS may be available if you're studying for a higher education course ie a Higher National Diploma or a degree. The award amount you receive depends on:

  • what course you're studying
  • where you live while studying
  • your family's income
If you have a disability or learning difficulty you can claim Disabled Student Allowance for certain extra expenses. Visit the SAAS website for more information and applications.