Friends of Kirkcaldy Galleries Scholarships for Fife College Jewellery Students

Two students from Fife College have become the first recipients of a prestigious new scholarship created by an innovative link with the Friends of Kirkcaldy Galleries which recognises creativity and passion in Jewellery and Art and Design studies.

The students were awarded the scholarships from the Adam Smith Foundation – funded directly by the Friends of Kirkcaldy Galleries group which aims to boost public awareness in the Galleries. This scholarship is a cash award of £500 per student which is used by the students for travel and research purposes to enhance their studying and career progression.

Holly Cunningham (31) from Glenrothes and Celda Tyndall (23) from Kingskettle were delighted to receive the awards to help them with their HND in Jewellery studies before progressing to University.

The awards were presented at a recent ceremony at Kirkcaldy Galleries - attended by Friends of Kirkcaldy Galleries, Director of Creative Industries Dougi McMillan, Art and Design Lecturer Susan McMillan and Trust Fundraiser Gaynor Jamieson. The students received their certificates and were congratulated on their achievements by Margaret Simpson on behalf of the Galleries.

Margaret said: “This Scholarship is part of a drive to encourage a wider audience to get involved with the Galleries. Being situated just a stone’s throw from the St Brycedale Campus we would hope to encourage more students to visit.

“We hope the Scholarships will inspire Holly and Celda as they progress on their educational journey to university.”

Gaynor Jamieson, Trust Fundraiser, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support and kindness that the Friends of Kirkcaldy Galleries have shown to our college students by creating this brand new scholarship opportunity.

“The scholarship is focussed on recognising and awarding students who are intent on progressing with their studies and continuing onto University to enhance their career ambitions. Both Holly and Celda have shown themselves to be exemplary students with a real passion for creativity. On behalf of the Adam Smith Foundation trustees, we wish them all the very best in their future pursuits at university.”

Fife College offers a wide range of scholarships which are open to students throughout the year and supported by the Adam Smith Foundation.