St. Andrew's Society of the State of New York Scholarship

History   |   Description   |   Eligibility   |    How to   |   Application   |   Checklist

History and Purpose

On November 19, 1756, a small group of native-born Scots and Scottish Americans met in lower Manhattan to form what is now the oldest established charitable organization in the Empire State — Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York. The Society has grown considerably over the last two and one half centuries from those few Colonial gentlemen to over 500 men of Scottish blood, residing in all regions of the tri-state area and beyond. For over 250 years, St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York’s purpose is: “to provide relief to natives of Scotland and their descendants who may be in want or distress, to provide educational assistance to natives of Scotland and their descendants, to conduct and sponsor such other and further activities . . . to foster or encourage good will, understanding and communication between the people of the United States and the people of Scotland and to promote such social intercourse among the members of the Society as may be necessary and appropriate to, and consistent with, such purposes, including fund raising to sustain them.”

Description of the St. Andrew’s Scholarship

Since 1956, the St. Andrew's Society of the State of New York has provided over 150 scholarships to promote cultural interchange and goodwill between Scotland and the United States. In recognition of the benefits of higher education, the Society provides significant funding for two Scottish graduate students annually to study in the United States and two Scottish-American students to study at the graduate level in Scotland.  Each scholarship currently provides $20,000 to $30,000 to be used initially against tuition, then board, transportation and other expenses. (Applicants may be awarded either the St. Andrew’s Award which is for $20,000.00, or the Macmillan Scholarship, which provides $30,000.00.)

Eligibility requirements and Rules for Nomination
Applicants must have/be:
  • senior undergraduate students who will have obtained a Bachelor’s degree by the spring and can demonstrate significance of studying in Scotland
  • US citizens with some Scottish descent (must provide proof of citizenship and evidence of descent)
  • demonstrated financial need attested to by a College official (Student Financial Services)
  • able to demonstrate through essays and interview the significance of studying in Scotland, and provide clarify of career purpose in pursuing graduate study
  • a strong academic record, preferably with some distinguishing work done in major field of study
  • A demonstrated commitment to extracurricular activities
  • Finalists must furnish proof of having applied to their selected school in Scotland
  • Mount Holyoke College may nominate only one candidate to the St. Andrew’s Society
How to apply
The St. Andrew's Society application becomes available in September of each year. Please contact the National Fellowships Advisor to receive a copy of the application materials. Candidates will work with the National Fellowships Advisor to prepare applications for submission to the Committee on Fellowships. The Committee, made up of four faculty members and chaired by the Dean of Studies, reviews applications, interviews each candidate, and decides which (one) candidate will be the Mount Holyoke College nominee. The nominee will then revise her application materials as suggested by the Committee, and proceed with submission instructions. The National Fellowships Advisor will submit the College's endorsement letter and any other required materials by the deadline. Fellowships Senior Administrative Assistant Marianne Taylor collects application materials, maintains records, schedules appointments, and co-facilitates the application process.
Application components
  • A pdf application form where candidate enters biographical data; 1st and 2nd choice graduate programs; description of Scottish heritage; education history; employment; description of plan to pay (beyond the scholarship) for graduate study; other scholarships or aid; academic honors and awards; list of extracurricular activities showing leadership or excellence in performance; civil or criminal record (if any); names of parents/guardians; signature. Write to National Fellowships Advisor to request pdf of application.
  • A resume or CV
  • A electronic application form where candidate enters biographical data; 1st and 2nd choice graduate programs; description of Scottish heritage; education history; employment; description of plan to pay (beyond the scholarship) for graduate study; other scholarships or aid; academic honors and awards; list of extracurricular activities showing leadership or excellence in performance; civil or criminal record (if any); names of parents/guardians; signature.
  • A resume or CV
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate study
  • A two-part Study Proposal outlining (1) why candidate wishes to continue her education beyond the current year, and (2) why she wishes to study in Scotland and how this study will contribute to her overall goals. Answers to each question should not exceed 200 words.
  • Two faculty recommendations (should be able to attest to your ability to perform well in graduate school and to the suitability of your chosen program of graduate study
  • Certification of financial need (a signed letter on letterhead from Student Financial Services)
  • Evidence of Scottish descent (birth certificates; copy of page from family bible; ship’s records; diary)
  • Proof of US citizenship (passport or birth certificate)
Campus Process and Checklist
For all deadlines, submission time is 12:00 noon
Checklist
Timeframe Task(s) to Complete
Spring/Summer attend information session; read about St. Andrew's Scholarship on website
Summer/fall

read guide to graduate study in the UK;

investigate graduate programs in Scotland

 early fall consult with Student Financial Services about providing letter affirming financial need
 Sept meet with National Fellowships Advisor to discuss candidacy; request to have application forms sent
Oct/Nov send essay/study proposal and resume to National Fellowships Advisor for feedback (allow 3-4 days)
By Nov 21

completed application and essay, resume, transcripts, SFS letter, proof of ancestry & US citizenship due to National Fellowships Advisor

recommendation letters due to National Fellowhsips Advisor (may be word docs sent electronically at this stage)

Nov 28 - Dec 2 interview with Committee on Fellowships
Dec 8 - NOON

Nominee delivers hard copy or pdf of revised application materials to National Fellowships Advisor;  Advisor submits materials to foundation by Dec. 15 deadline)

Recommendations due to National Fellowships Advisor on letterhead, signed

Feb/March St. Andrew’s Society invites six finalists to a luncheon in NYC; following this meeting, two finalists are awarded a scholarship