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Project information

GSA Access Scholarship Fund

Attending The Glasgow School of Art is often the realisation of a long-term ambitious goal, but this goal can be threatened by financial pressures. The GSA Access Scholarship Fund allows individuals to overcome such obstacles and enjoy the freedom to grow artistically in our creative hothouse.

Supporters can donate to this fund on an ongoing basis

Charity information: The Glasgow School of Art

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  • Need


    The quality and success of a creative degree often depends on the freedom and time to develop an individual's ideas. Part time work is a necessity for most students who face a significant financial burden, and this paid commitment can threaten students’ freedom. Scholarships can reduce the amount of time spent in paid employment and allow recipients more time dedicated to their chosen programme.


    The GSA will offer Access Scholarships to the students who need them most. Undergraduate UK or EU recipients will benefit from an annual Access Scholarship of £1,000 throughout their programme. A £2,000 Access Scholarship can help postgraduate students take the difficult and expensive step back into Higher Education. International Students can benefit from a £3,000 Access Scholarship to ease the daunting move from their home country to Scotland. To do this we need your help.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We wish to offer Access Scholarships to UK, EU, International and postgraduate students at GSA.


    » The School is raising money through the GSA Access Scholarship Fund which will provide the Scholarships to the students who need it most.

    What success will look like

    Success will be receiving 200 donations to the fund in its first year.

  • Impact


    With support the GSA can offer more Scholarships to prospective students. We hope that these Scholarships will act as an incentive to those talented individuals who may not otherwise feel that undertaking a degree in the Creative Arts would be financially feasible. In the long term, therefore, increased application rates, as well as greater academic success and reduced drop out rates, will be a measure of success.


    The risks are that insufficient money is raised to offer a significant number of Scholarships, or that our scholarship recipients, despite this support, are unable to complete their programme. We are working to ensure this new Scholarship Fund is well supported by GSA friends and alumni so that we can fund a number of awards each year. In addition, the School’s student support department will work closely with students to help them throughout any hardship they may suffer while at the GSA.


    A bulletin reporting on the progress of GSA Access Scholarship recipients will be sent to all donors annually to keep our friends and alumni up to date on how their money is making a real difference to individuals' lives and educational experience.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £72,000 Undergraduate Scholarships 18 four-year Scholarships of £1,000 per year
      £16,000 Postgraduate Scholarships 8 one-year Scholarships of £2,000
      £12,000 International Scholarships 4 one-year Scholarships of £3,000
  • Background


    Glasgow is the Commonwealth Games Host City 2014; it was City of Architecture & Design 1999, European City of Culture 1990 and is famed for its museums and galleries. It is a cultural centre for Scotland; the base for the national opera company, the national orchestra, and the national ballet company. It is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities; a creative and artistic hub. And in the city centre, The Glasgow School of Art feeds the creative lifeblood of Glasgow.


    The School will award Access Scholarships to the students who need it most. A creative institution such as the GSA thrives on diversity and the integration of experiences and cultures. With your help these Scholarships will support students from a variety of backgrounds and countries, awarded according to need, whose academic and creative development has been threatened by financial instability.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Glasgow School of Art has a long history of facilitating financial support for talented students to help them achieve success in their chosen field. Our graduates go on to excel in a diverse range of industries and careers; artists and architects of course, but also automotive designers, health service professionals, writers, interior designers, photographers, fashion designers, and directors. The GSA is in a perfect position to support artists, designers and architects of the future.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alan Horn

    Alan Horn is the Director of Development for the GSA.

The scholarship means I can cope financially. It’s difficult to be creative if you are worrying about making ends meet.

Francesca Flynn, Scholarship Recipient