Saint Andrew’s Society of New York Graduate Scholarship (rising seniors)

Campus deadline: ​11:30 pm on November 7, 2022

Missed the optional priority draft deadline on July 25?  You can still apply to fellowships with fall deadlines!  Fellowships appointment availability is limited in August and September, but you can book a Fall Deadline Fellowships Drop-in appointment.   These 15 minute appointments are for application questions, brainstorming recommenders, building personal timelines and goals (unfortunately we will not be able to do draft review).  Please only book one of these appointments per week so that others might have a chance to book one as well during our busiest season-- thank you!  You should also feel free to come to our Fellowships Virtual Pop-up advising  (search Career Education events listings in Handshake for "pop") and/or email us at with questions.

Not sure where to start? Explore our fellowships roadmap, which includes timelines, links, and resources, for fellowships to support graduate and professional study, including the Saint Andrew's!

In recognition of the benefits of higher education, the Saint Andrew’s Society provides a scholarship of $35,000 for three American students of Scottish heritage to study in Scotland for a year after college graduation.

Did you know? Meredith Santaus '16 and Natalie Marshall '20 won the Saint Andrew's to pursue their master's degrees in Scotland.  Could you be next?


Who is eligible?

  • Senior undergraduate students who will obtain a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the Spring of the academic year of application;
  • Students of at least some Scottish descent;
  • Students who demonstrate financial need;
  • Those who reside or attend school within 250 miles of New York State; and
  • U.S. citizens
  • For full details of eligibility, please see the official website.

What makes a strong applicant for this fellowship?

  • Strong academic achievement and extracurricular activities; and
  • The  ability clearly to explain personal objectives,  as well as  why  studying  in Scotland is important to the applicant.
  • (Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously studied in the United Kingdom.)

Additional information is available at Advice on graduate study in the United Kingdom may be found here.

Interested Wellesley applicants, having looked at the resources available online, are very welcome to book a Fellowships advising appointment via Handshake, to talk over application strategies, whom to ask for letters, feedback on drafts, etc.  (Appointments are available during the summer, as well as during the academic year, via Zoom.)

Cannot find an available appointment? Drop in to Fellowships Pop-Up Advising: no appointment required - see Career Education events listings on this website or in Handshake for details.


How do I apply?

All Wellesley College applicants for the Saint Andrew’s Society of New York Scholarship must first apply for Wellesley’s nomination. A Wellesley College faculty committee will review applications and nominate one candidate whose final application will be sent to the Saint Andrew’s Society of New York by the December 14th annual official deadline.

Application checklist

☐ Two academic letters of reference: Please give your recommenders this link to allow them to submit their letters; should they have any difficulty with the online form, please ask them to email their letters to

Please submit the following by the campus deadline, via the online form found here:

☐ official Saint Andrew’s Society of New York Scholarship application form, here, including the required essays
☐ curriculum vitae
☐ unofficial copies of any applicable transcripts, including your Wellesley unofficial grade reports, and any applicable transfer or study abroad transcripts
☐ proof of financial need (typically a copy of your most recent financial aid award letter)
☐ Wellesley Fellowships office signature document (please print, sign & date this form, then submit a scanned pdf or other image of the signed document along with your application materials)

*Please note that nominee will also need to apply separately to the graduate degree course of choice in Scotland: why not apply for the degree course you really hope to do, and also for as many scholarships as you can to help you get there?


Application timeline

Spring and summer

Explore our fellowships roadmap, which includes timelines, links, and resources, for fellowships to support graduate and professional study.

Optional Priority Draft Deadline: 11:30 om on July 25, 2022

  • If you submit drafts through this Google form by the July 25 deadline you are guaranteed feedback before the relevant deadlines, and you'll get priority in the booking of advising appointments.

October to mid-November
Interested students should read about the scholarship, explore graduate study options, talk with academic and professional mentors, and may make an appointment via Handshake to discuss their application plans with Kate Dailinger. Additional information about the scholarship is available at; further advice on graduate study in the United Kingdom may be found here. Once you've found the right degree course, make sure you know what the application deadline for the course is and what you'll need to apply; application for the degree program is separate from applying for this scholarship.

Campus deadline: 11:30 pm on November 7, 2022

  • Letters of reference should be submittedby their writers via this link; should they have any difficulty with the online form, please ask them to email their letters to
  • Submit your application materials via the online form found here.

Late November-early December
Shortlisted candidates are invited to interview with the campus committee. Wellesley’s nominee will have a chance to finalize her application with advice from the campus committee.

December 14, annually
Deadline for receipt in New York of the nominated application.

February or early March
It is the St Andrew’s Society scholarship committee's usual practice to invite six (6) finalists to a luncheon in New York City during February or early March. Following this meeting, three (3) of these finalists will be awarded a scholarship for graduate study in Scotland.


Email or call Caitlin Roberts-Donovan at 781.283.2347. Looking for advice? Book a Fellowships advising appointment via Handshake to talk over the scholarship, whom to ask for references, drafts of application materials, etc. Appointments are available during the summer as well as during the academic year. Cannot find an available appointment? Drop by Fellowships Pop-Up Advising: no appointment required. See our Events listings for details.