First-Ever Bursary scheme

Ryder Cup Bursary Scheme Launched

Student Bursary Schemme launched

- Three Scottish Education Institutions benefiting from bursary investment - Tourism, hospitality and management students receiving financial support from Ryder Cup Europe

Students at three Scottish education institutions are benefiting from a five-year bursary investment deal from Ryder Cup Europe. The first ever Ryder Cup bursaries have been awarded at the University of Stirling, Queen Margaret University and Perth College UHI.

The investment means the 12 students are the first in the world to receive financial support linked to a Ryder Cup. Each of the chosen students will receive £1,000 per year for the next five years and are studying tourism, hospitality and management courses.

The bursaries will help the students pay for their travel and accommodation costs and ensure they can access courses relevant to The 2014 Ryder Cup. The bursaries were made available to the following courses:

•    University of Stirling, Stirling Management School undergraduate courses;
•    Queen Margaret University, hospitality, tourism and event management undergraduate courses
•    Perth College UHI, HND Year 1 Hospitality Management Course.

Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup Director, said: “Ryder Cup Europe is delighted to announce the launch of our bursary scheme, which will benefit students studying at three Scottish education institutions. This completes a range of educational commitments made by Ryder Cup Europe, covering primary through to further education initiatives.

“The 2014 Ryder Cup will bring major benefits to the local and Scottish economy and we want to leave a lasting legacy for generations to come. The bursary schemes will help support students at Perth College UHI, University of Stirling and Queen Margaret University with their living expenses. We hope that these students will go on to contribute to the Scottish tourism and hospitality industries for years to come.”

European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley, said: “The 2014 Ryder Cup will inspire a generation of young people. I know from personal experience the benefit that management courses can bring. The investment announced today by Ryder Cup Europe will encourage young people to apply for management and hospitality courses which will help create the next generation of tourism and business leaders in Scotland and beyond.”

Allana McVicar, an 18 year old student from Perth was one of the 12 students chosen to receive the bursary. Allana, who is studying Hospitality Management at Perth College UHI said: “It was such a big surprise to be chosen as one of only twelve students to receive the bursary and I am absolutely delighted. To be one of the first students in the world to benefit from the Ryder Cup in this way feels great and I am very grateful for the financial help, which will be put to good use to help me with my studies. It’s made me even more excited for The Ryder Cup starting next year.”

Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: “The Ryder Cup is more than just golf, and good hospitality and management can help make the event truly great.  This investment places young people at the heart of our legacy commitment and will give young people new skills in their chosen career path and the best training to go on to work, whether it is in the hospitality and event management industry, or as the next generation of industry leaders.”