Scholarship Details


Application Deadline:





The Scholarship program of the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia is designed to foster better understanding and relations between the United States and Scotland through the exchange of the best and brightest university students from our respective countries. Each year, the Society provides funds to send a small group of American students to attend a full year at one of the "Four Ancients," or the Scottish equivalent of the Ivy League: the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St. Andrew’s. These U.S. scholars are chosen from a pool of applicants nominated by 30 participating colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. In return, the Universities of Aberdeen and St. Andrew’s each select a Scottish student to spend a year at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively.

The current amount of each scholarship is $25,000. This amount increases from time to time as our funds and circumstances allow.

Key to the character of our scholarships is the mandatory one-year duration; that is, all Scholars must spend an entire academic year in Scotland. Unlike "semester abroad" or other short-term foreign study programs, this allows our Scholars to truly experience and appreciate the culture, history, and character of Scotland; to fully immerse themselves in the academic and social life at their chosen University, and to make life-long friends from Scotland and around the world. It takes a particularly courageous person to embark on such an adventure, but over 50 years of experience and hundreds of returned Scholars have taught us that the rewards are commensurately great.


United States citizens
Enrolled full-time in one of the 30 participating colleges and universities[1]
Ranked in the top 25% of their class academically
Nominated by their school Dean or foreign study program head
Willing to spend an entire academic year at any one of the four Scottish universities
Willing to attend a meeting of the Society in May prior to departure to be introduced as Scholars, and in October after their return from Scotland to describe their experiences

Terms of Award:

Please Submit:

University Fellowships Office
212 Boucke Building (map)
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: (814) 863-8199

For further information contact:
Request an application by emailing or calling 610-328-8363. Turn in all the following materials to Parrish 115 or 119 by the internal deadline, above:

A short essay, 3 to 5 pages in length, on the student's personal background and why he or she wishes to study in Scotland
One letter of recommendation

Online Application: