Ryan, a BA Commercial Photography student at RGU, is a recipient of the Access RGU Baillie Gifford Scholarship in Creative Arts.
Why did you apply for the scholarship?
I had never applied for anything like this before, but I thought it was worth a shot. This is the first year I have moved out of my parents’ home and I was worried about balancing my studies with a job.
What are the benefits of the scholarship?
I feel more included in the university because I am representing a company that has invested in my education. I even sent them a Christmas card last year.
The finance provided by the scholarship has helped to pay my rent and buy supplies for university. Without it I might not have been able to focus on my studies the same, as I’d have had to work part-time.
What advice would you give to those interesting in applying for the scholarship?
Stay optimistic, be yourself, and highlight your values as a person.
Funding is available through the ACCESS RGU widening participation initiative, helping groups that are traditionally under-represented at university.