Russell Trust Scholarship award winners celebrate their achievements.

A record number of Fife College students have been awarded a prestigious scholarship for their hard work and commitment to their studies.

The £15,000 scholarship fund, donated by the Russell Trust and awarded through the Adam Smith Foundation, was shared amongst 86 delighted students at a special presentation held recently at the College’s Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.

Dorothée Leslie, Vice Principal at Fife College, welcomed the students to the event and presented them with certificates to recognise their achievement.

The scholarship is the largest one awarded by the Adam Smith Foundation which looks after and awards a range of scholarships on behalf of Fife College.

The Russell Trust was set up in the memory of Patrick Russell who died in action during World War II - through this the former Tullis Russell paper company, which was based in Glenrothes, supported a myriad of local charities and educational institutions.

Since being established in 1999 The Russell Trust Scholarship donation has increased over the years and this year saw a record number of students being supported.

Gaynor Jamieson, Trust Fundraiser for the Adam Smith Foundation, also attended the event and said: “We are very grateful to the Russell Trust for their continued support and delighted that they are still able to donate to this, our largest scholarship which is open to all full-time students. Thanks to them we have been able to award a variety of amounts to a range of students who met the criteria. This award will make a huge difference to so many of our students enabling them to support their studies and buy equipment such as laptops. The awards can be life changing too helping many attend job interviews, travel costs or pay costs towards future courses.”

Andrew McDonald, 47 from Kirkcaldy is no stranger to winning! Andrew was a recipient of an International Cuisine scholarship earlier this year and also scooped a bronze medal in the Scottish Culinary Championships. “It’s been a busy year for me and great to be recognised for my achievements once again. I’ve enjoyed my time at college mentoring other students alongside benefitting from a range of opportunities to cook at external events including the Scottish Parliament. I plan to use the funds to buy new chef whites a laptop and other equipment which will help me enhance and develop my skills.”

Fife College benefits from a fantastic scholarship programme which supports hundreds of students each year - places are still available for courses beginning this month - call 0344 248 0115 to find out more.