RGU is to launch a new scholarship which will provide accommodation support to students.
The Ardmuir Access Scholarship will offer rent free accommodation for a talented undergraduate student from an under represented group studying at RGU, for the duration of a four year degree course.
Worth around £25,000, the scholarship has been established by local family owned business Ardmuir Ltd - Aberdeen’s largest provider of quality student accommodation.
The scholarship aims to support a student who would not have been able to attend university due to the associated costs of living and studying in the city.
Ardmuir currently offers student friendly accommodation and focuses on providing a home away from home in its portfolio of flats, which are typically three bedroom properties with a shared bathroom and large communal kitchen and living space.
Mads Gisselbaek, Ardmuir Director, said: “We are delighted to be able to give something back, in supporting a talented individual who would otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
We have built a strong relationship with RGU and their students over the years and feel passionate about making a difference with our Ardmuir Access Scholarship.”
The Ardmuir Access Scholarship will be awarded to an eligible student beginning their undergraduate degree in the 2017-2018 academic session, and will comprise four years rent free, fully furnished accommodation in a purpose built flat in the city, which includes round the clock maintenance, housekeeping, heating, all utilities, and high speed wifi.
Sarah Dingwall, Development Manager at the RGU Foundation, the university’s philanthropic fundraising arm, said: “We are extremely grateful that Ardmuir have chosen to offer this opportunity to a RGU student. This type of support is vital in ensuring that talented students are able to pursue a higher education whatever their circumstance, and allow RGU to continue to attract a diverse student community.”
Rhona McComiskie, Access Pathways Lead at RGU, adds: “RGU is committed to widening access to learning and the generosity of donor support is hugely important in removing barriers to higher education. The Ardmuir Access Scholarship will have a transformational impact on a student and will provide them with vital support to help them achieve their full potential.”