St. Andrew's Society Scholarship*

Initial Bowdoin Deadline: October 31, 2014 (noon)
Campus Interview: November 7, 2014 (anticipated)
Bowdoin Final Deadline: December 5, 2014 (noon)
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Campus Contact: Cindy Stocks, Kate Myall

*Information derived from

Click here for a copy of the application and guidelines. (Please use Firefox or Safari to access these documents.  If you still encounter any difficulties, please email Corey Colwill (

In recognition of the benefits of higher education, the Society provides significant funding for two Scottish graduate students to study in the United States and two Scottish-American students to study in Scotland. Initiated by the Society at its 200th anniversary in 1956, the Saint Andrew's Society Scholarship Program has consistently attracted the top students from the most competitive institutions of learning. The Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York has provided over 150 scholarships to promote cultural interchange and goodwill between Scotland and the United States since 1956.

The scholarship provides funds to a total of  $30,000 for graduate study in Scotland to be used initially against tuition, then board, transportation and other expenses.

Please note that in addition to the below listed criteria, finalists will have to include a statement from an appropriate official certifying that financial assistance would be required for a year of graduate study.

  • Applicants must be senior undergraduate students who will obtain a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in spring of 2014 and can demonstrate the significance of studying in Scotland.
  • Proof of application to their selected school in Scotland will be required of finalists.
  • Candidates should possess qualifications which will enable them to be good ambassadors for the United States while in Scotland.
  • The basis for selection shall include the student’s: academic achievement; extracurricular activities; financial need; clarity of career purpose in pursuing  the graduate studies; a statement that sets forth why you wish to continue your education, with clarity around the graduate study objective(s) to be achieved  and why you wish to study in Scotland; some Scottish descent; and proof of U.S. citizenship.
  • Candidates must reside or attend school within 250 miles of New York State. (Note: Bowdoin is within the required 250 mile range.)
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously studied in the United Kingdom.

Bowdoin’s Internal Selection Process. The College is allowed to nominate only one Bowdoin student annually for the Saint Andrew’s Society Scholarship. The Committee will review the materials listed below, and those applicants determined to be most competitive will be contacted to schedule a campus interview. To be considered, applicants must submit the materials listed below to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research by the “Initial Bowdoin Deadline” (see above). Based on these materials and the campus interview, the Committee will determine which student will receive Bowdoin’s endorsement.

  1. why you wish to continue your education beyond the present year;
  2. why you wish to study in Scotland and how this study will contribute to your overall goals.
  • One letter of recommendation. A faculty member may either electronically submit his/her letter to Corey Colwill ( or give it to the student in a sealed envelope, in which case the student is responsible for delivering the unopened letter to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research by the "Initial Bowdoin Deadline".  (Please note that if you receive Bowdoin’s nomination, your final application must include two letters of recommendation.)

The items listed above can be either hand-delivered to Corey Colwill in 113 Kanbar Hall or electronically submitted as PDFs to Corey Colwill (  Either means of delivery is equally acceptable.

Materials for the Final Application. If you receive Bowdoin’s nomination, it is your responsibility to continue revising and collecting your materials. By the “Final Bowdoin Deadline,” Bowdoin’s nominee must submit two collated packets containing the following materials to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research, which will send all materials directly to the program for further consideration.

  • Completed Saint Andrew’s Scholarship Application, (click here for application guidelines) including thesis/proposal that addresses the following:
    1. why you wish to continue your education beyond the present year;
    2. why you wish to study in Scotland and how this study will contribute to your overall goals.
    Your answer to each question need not exceed 200 words.
  • Official transcript(s) in sealed envelope(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors.
  • Current resume
  • Copy of your birth certificate (i.e., proof of U.S. citizenship)
  • Letter from Bowdoin's Director of Student Aid certifying that you would require assistance in order to pursue a year of graduate study in Scotland
  • Proof of application to your selected school in Scotland is strongly encouraged, but not required

In addition the Office of Student Fellowships and Research will coordinate securing the following:

  • A letter of endorsement from President Mills

More about the Selection Process. It is the national committee’s practice to invite six finalists to a luncheon in New York City during February or early March. Following this meeting two of these finalists will be awarded scholarships for graduate study in Scotland.

sam burnim

Sam Burnim '14
Bowdoin’s first recipient of the St. Andrew’s Scholarship, Sam will use this award to pursue a master’s in health systems and public policy at the University of Edinburgh. Sam’s interest in models of healthcare for patients with mental health disabilities began in high school when he served as a personal care assistant for a child with cognitive disabilities. At Bowdoin, Sam majored in biochemistry and, among many other activities, led Bear Buddies, a volunteer program that mentors children with cognitive challenges, while serving as a McKeen Fellow at the Center for the Common Good. Upon completing his master’s, Sam intends to attend medical school and become a pediatric psychiatrist.