Project information

Highlands & Islands Scholarship Fund

The University of the Highlands and Islands is creating its first Scholarship Fund to provide a helping hand to students and encourage people to progress their studies and realise their potential. The fund will help people in rural and remote communities across the region.

September 2014 - September 2015

Charity information

University of the Highlands and Islands Development Trust

University of the Highlands and Islands Development Trust logo
  • Need


    The University of the Highlands and Islands is the only university based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and offers access to higher education across the region and beyond. Prior to the establishment of the University, movement of individuals away from the region to attend university had a serious impact on the economy. The university, and its unique educational model, gives people the chance to fulfil their potential in their home communities.


    The University will create a new Scholarship Fund, to provide support to help students overcome financial barriers and encourage individuals to progress their studies. This fund will not only help to create highly skilled individuals in the region but will also connect companies and local communities to the university, to ensure students can take advantage of current and future employment opportunities. No longer will geography be a barrier to success.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Launch Fund in September 2014 and create awareness


    » Organise launch at business event and undertake associated PR to raise awareness and understanding and encourage crowd-funding

    Success will be raising initial donations from the launch event - we would like to attract between £5k to £10k - this will demonstrate interest amongst companies.

    Aim 2

    Raise £40,000 for the Talent Fund in the first year


    » Encourage crowd-funding amongst businesses. Work with Chambers of Commerce and others to promote Fund. Participate in Big Give.

    Success will be attracting £20,000 from on-line donations - we would like to encourage 40 new donors across our region to give £500 each and ask current donors to pledge £10k.

  • Impact


    The project will help to encourage more young people to remain in the region and contribute to the on-going development of their communities. It will help people progress their education and fulfil their potential. Furthermore, it will engage businesses in higher education and demonstrate the benefits of working together for the benefit of the region. When funds have been raised, success will mean 40 students will continue their studies to degree level.


    The risk is that the business community does not respond. However, we have spoken to some local companies, Chambers of Commerce and other intermediaries and have received positive feedback. Everyone we have spoken to believes this is a great opportunity to support students and retain talent in the region.


    Once target is achieved and scholarships awarded, we will confirm who the lucky recipients are to the donors. We will also prepare an annual report including case studies demonstrating impact of scholarships and we'll organise an event to bring donors and students together.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 Scholarships 40 students will be supported with £1,000 scholarship
  • Background


    The Highlands and Islands region, one of most iconic regions in the world, is home to many rural, remote and fragile communities. Until recently, people have had to move away to progress their studies. We want to encourage young people in particular to remain in the region, progress their education and fulfill their potential as well as contribute to the ongoing economic, social and cultural development of their communities. We want to ensure our people and communities can thrive and prosper.


    De-population has been a significant issue for the region for decades. The new university offers individuals an opportunity to remain in their communities and access higher education. This project will benefit predominantly local people, local businesses (the region has a high proportion of SMEs) and the economy by retaining talent in the region. There is a skills shortage in growth areas such as renewable energy and life sciences and this project will help to address these issues.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our university is pioneering new technology in the form of 'blended learning', combining class-room teaching, video-conferencing and on-line learning to enable individuals to remain within their communities and access higher education. Geography is no longer a barrier to fulfilling one's potential. We are a federal partnership of colleges and can offer high quality education and a fantastic student experience to help individuals increase their skills and knowledge.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nuala Boyle

    Project manager with a long and successful track record of fundraising for higher education.

    Academic Staff

    Academic staff will help to select students - their teaching will inspire our students to excel.


    Our students are key to success - scholarship support will provide the incentive for them to continue their studies.

Scholarship Fund


Will help a student fulfill their potential

Fundraising to help students succeed is what makes my job so special

Nuala Boyle