Georgia Dryburgh is pictured with her Friends of Kirkcaldy Galleries Scholarship award.
Two students from Fife College have received a prestigious scholarship which recognises creativity and passion in Jewellery and Art and Design studies.
Georgia Dryburgh and Mary Mayo were awarded the scholarships by the College’s Adam Smith Foundation, funded directly by the Friends of Kirkcaldy Galleries group which aims to boost public awareness of the Galleries, situated next to the train station in Kirkcaldy.
Now in its third year, the Friends of Kirkcaldy Galleries Scholarship offers a cash award of £500 per student which is used by the students to enhance their studying and help their career progression.
Georgia and Mary were among a number of students shortlisted this year all of whom submitted copies of their artwork and designs as part of the application process. These were then judged by Marion Lackie, Friends of Kirkcaldy Galleries.
Normally the Friends would visit the College and meet the students at the interview stage however, due to the impact of coronavirus, all Adam Smith Foundation Scholarships continue to be fully awarded online.
Georgia, who is studying HND Jewellery and Mary, studying HND Art and Design, were both delighted to receive the awards to help them with their studies.
Georgia, from Glenrothes, has applied for the College’s innovative new Creative Enterprise Degree, run in partnership with Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Georgia said: “I am so grateful for this award; I can't quite believe it! This award will enable me to buy a space to make into a jewellery studio and also purchase some tools.”
Mary, who already has a BA in Visual Communication and Digital Publishing from Abertay University, is studying Art and Design at College to refresh her skills and develop an illustration focused portfolio which is required for when she moves on to Dundee University's (Hons) Illustration Course.
Mary, also from Glenrothes, said: “I'm grateful to have been awarded the scholarship, especially as I'm advancing to a university course in the coming year.”
“I use a variety of materials for my artwork and will be using the scholarship to update supplies such as pencils, inks and other equipment including a high-quality camera.”
Margaret Simpson, from the Friends of Kirkcaldy Galleries, said: “We are delighted to support Fife College’s creative students for a third year and to play our part in supporting the next generation of artists. We look forward to keeping in touch with Georgia and Mary and hearing all about their next steps.”
Lyn Gold, Adam Smith Foundation Scholarship Co-ordinator, said: “We are really grateful for the fantastic support that the Friends of Kirkcaldy Galleries have shown our students over the last few years.
“The scholarship is focussed on recognising students who plan to progress with their studies and continue onto university to enhance their career ambitions. Both Georgia and Mary have shown a real passion for creativity during their time at College and are thoroughly deserving of their scholarship awards. We wish them the best in their future university studies.”
The Adam Smith Foundation scholarship programme was created to support College students by developing opportunities which help open doors and transform lives.
Through partnership with businesses, charitable trusts and individual donors, the Foundation has developed a Scholarship Programme which provides recognition, a financial award, and in some cases, work experience, internships and trips to support and encourage students to achieve their full potential.