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Sam Heughan Scholarship Fund

A global star and a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) graduate, Sam Heughan is paving the way for aspiring artists to follow in his footsteps. The internationally acclaimed Hollywood actor, author, producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, is personally funding a new ten-year scholarship programme in his name.

The scholarships will be awarded for the new academic year in September to two Scottish students who are taking up places in the BA Acting programme and a non-Scottish student on any course within the School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film. The scholarships will support students for whom it might not have been possible to study in Glasgow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Write Start Creative Comission

In addition to the scholarship programme, Write Start, a competitive commissioning initiative created and funded by Sam Heughan was introduced in 2021 with the goal of giving RCS students crucial financial and mentor support to bring their work to life as part of RCS’s 175th anniversary celebrations. Read our blog post about the 2023 winners of the Write Start award.

About Sam Heughan

Sam, who graduated from the BA Acting degree course in 2003, has invested in three annual scholarships for undergraduate students in the School of Drama, Dance, Production as they pursue their dreams at Scotland’s national conservatoire, one of the world’s top 10 destinations to study the performing and production arts (QS World University Rankings 2023).

Sam, who was born in Balmaclellan in Dumfries and Galloway, found worldwide fame playing the lead character of Jamie Fraser in smash-hit, time-travelling drama series Outlander, which is filmed in Scotland and based on the books of author Diana Gabaldon.

Supernova Legacy Scholarship

Six fans of Sam Heughan, based in the US, inspired by Sam’s brilliant acting talent and genuine philanthropic spirit created a not for profit organisation and launched the Supernova Legacy Scholarship campaign to provide drama scholarships for BA Acting students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

They are proud to establish this scholarship fund that will help BA Acting students achieve their dreams and which raised $28,000 in its first year.

Ways to Support

As well as one-off and monthly donations, there are plenty of ways you can support the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Any and all support is greatly appreciated by us, our students, and our staff and helps ensure the longevity of the Conservatoire for generations to come.

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