26 October 2023 

Two Fife College students Elaine Green and Anita Berki have received a fantastic boost as they begin their university studies, thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Kirkcaldy Galleries.

The ‘Friends’ are a group of volunteers who give up their time to make more people aware of the wonderful Galleries in Kirkcaldy which are situated beside the library and train station.

The group raises funds each year to help develop the Galleries and the scholarship is part of their aim to support education and the creative talent of tomorrow.

Elaine and Anita were among several students shortlisted this year - both submitted copies of their artwork and designs as part of the application process. These were then judged by the group who were impressed with their talent and creativity.

Both students visited the Gallery in Kirkcaldy recently and were warmly welcomed by the Friends and presented with their certificates by Committee member Yvonne Kirkwood.

The Friends were delighted to meet both Anita and Elaine who gave presentations about their creative journey and brought examples of their artwork, which was enjoyed by all.

Elaine Green, who studied HND Jewellery and is from Cowdenbeath, has just began three years studying Illustration at the prestigious Edinburgh College of Art, part of the University of Edinburgh, after spending five years at Fife College.

Elaine was delighted to receive the award and said:

"The award will help so much with my studies at university to purchase art supplies, books and to help towards my daily travel costs. To be recognised for my work is a true honour and the publicity will help me to be recognised and support my future business plans."

Anita Berki from Oakley studied HND Art and Design which has enabled her to join the second year of a degree programme at the University of Dundee. Anita is also delighted to be awarded and said: 

"I feel grateful for winning this scholarship, it has put me at ease as I start a new chapter in my life at university. I’ll be able to put the money towards buying a laptop and art supplies for my new upcoming projects. This will enhance my learning experience as I’ll be able to access the materials online on a larger screen as well as being able to explore different art mediums that I hadn’t tried before."

The annual scholarship is open to students studying HND level in Jewellery, Art and Design, Visual Communication and 3D Interior Design and offers a cash award of £600 to each student to help them take that next step in their studies.

Adam Smith Scholarships, part of Fife College, is one of the largest college scholarship programmes in Scotland, awarding thousands of pounds each year to support students, develop opportunities, open doors and transform lives.

For further information about scholarships at Fife College visit the Adam Smith Scholarships page on the Fife College website or email scholarships@fife.ac.uk.