BA Hons Humanities & Social Sciencees - received £1,000
Project: To set up a walking group linking partially sighted and able-bodied students at university. To promote Scotland in France by talking about some of the better and the lesser-known Scottish walking trails as well as a variety of munro ascents. To highlight the wonder of Scotland’s incredible landscape and to write about the process, illustrating the excursions via a blog and an Instagram page which students will be able to follow in France and in Scotland.
“I had a fairly good experience of the selection process. I was nervous about the interviews, at Strathclyde and later with the Stevenson Scholarship jury. Although I found parts of the Stevenson Scholarship application form tricky, it was a real compliment for me to be recommended for this scholarship, and I'm very excited about the idea of carrying out the project. I also had a lot of support from my department in preparing for both interviews.
Finding a topic was fairly straightforward. I considered some of my interests and experiences. Thinking about which subjects already had links to both Scotland and France made it easier to find something that would allow me to promote Scotland in France and encourage friendly relations between the two countries.
Although I was nervous about both interviews, I felt they went better than I had expected. While I didn't have much advance information about the form of the jury interview, I prepared as best as I could. I felt that my visually-impaired-able-bodied walking idea met with interest, and I was delighted it was approved.”