Talented students from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen have landed scholarships as part of the commitment to ensure people from all backgrounds are represented fairly.
Access RGU, supported by donations from outside trusts and firms, is open to students who have demonstrated academic merit and ambition.
This year, 89 applications were submitted for the five awards.
Each provide financial and academic support to undergraduate students for the duration of their time at the school.
Liga Valentinas and Courtney Barr, both 19, were handed their scholarships by the Budge Foundation, set up by RGU alumnus Bill Budge and his wife Lorraine, and Edinburgh investment firm Bailli Gifford & Co, respectively.
Dawn Findlay, 45, is studying social work and received her scholarship through the Barrack Charitable Trust’s backing.
And Valerie Forbes, 43, was given her scholarship through the International Barbara Rae Memorial Scholarship to study finance and accounting.
The youngest scholarship winner, Catherine Sinclair, received hers through the backing of Crerar Hotels.
The 17-year-old, who is studying international hospitality management, said: “I’m very grateful that it will also open more doors for me when I finish my course, since I’m now linked with a hotel group.”
Last night, Sarah Dingwall, development manager at the RGU Foundation, thanked the firms and trusts for their continued support.
“We are honoured to receive support for our Access Scholarships, which allow RGU to continue to attract a diverse body of students, create opportunities and help remove financial barriers that exist between a student and achieving their potential,” she added.