In September 2013, the first 600th Anniversary Scholarship was awarded to Joseph McKinney from Kirriemuir in Angus. Joseph, who is studying for a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics, was delighted to receive the award:
There are no words to describe how grateful I am to have received the 600th Anniversary Scholarship. It is an honour to me to think that I am believed to be worthy of an award such as this and I will benefit greatly from this financial support. I do not know what I would do without this support and I am looking forward to providing donors with updates on my progress.
Joe attended Webster’s High School in Kirriemuir and acknowledges that the supportive staff at the school gave him the confidence to apply to university. He is currently enjoying his first-year undergraduate studies, which along with Mathematics include Macroeconomics and Statistics, and he cites the favourable future career prospects provided by a degree in Mathematics as one of the reasons he chose to study this subject at St Andrews.
A new 600th Anniversary Scholarship will be awarded for the next three years meaning that by 2016 there will be a 600th Anniversary Scholar in each year of undergraduate study.
We are grateful for the generosity shown by alumni and friends through which this programme has been created in perpetuity as a fitting and lasting mark of the tremendous support given to the University at this historic time.