Allan Glen's Endowment Trust
The Allan Glen's Endowment Scholarship Trust awards scholarships to students of Glasgow schools who are about to study engineering at a British university. The Trust also sponsors the Allan Glen Tribute Lecture given annually to promote interest in engineering amongst school pupils in Glasgow.
At a ceremony in the City Chambers on 26 October, Councillor Chris Cunningham, Chair of Glasgow City Council’s Education Committee, welcomed four new first year engineering students into membership as Scholars of the Allan Glen’s Scholarship Trust.
Georgia Harvey (Ross Hall Academy) will be doing Aerospace Engineering at Glasgow, while both Pearse Murray (Holyrood Secondary) and Steven Muirhead (Smithycroft) will be studying Chemical Engineering at Strathclyde. Scott McClafferty, from Springburn Academy, is now also at Strathclyde, having embarked on a degree in Civil Engineering.
These four comprise the biggest ever intake into the Allan Glen Scholarship Scheme, but the Trust’s assessors, Ian Valentine and Professor Scott MacGregor had advised the Trustees that the quality of applicants this year was exceptionally high and that it would be very hard to argue a case against the inclusion of any one of them.
In this new academic year we will be supporting eleven Scholars. Reports from those being supported during last year show that our money is being very well spent. Ross Pearson, who became a Scholar in 2012 has now graduated from Strathclyde with a Masters with Distinction in Mechanical Engineering and is now embarking on a Doctorate. He writes, “For one last time I would like to thank the Trustees for the aid I have received. It has madea significant contribution to my ability to work as hard as possible and without it I may not have enjoyed the degree of success I have.”
Trust Activity to date
The Trust is currently assisting some 20 students through their engineering degrees at Scottish universities. The three who started university in 2009 all did so well in the first four (BEng) years that they were selected to do a fifth (MEng) year, and the trustees agreed to continue the funding for them.
From 2002 to date we have supported over two dozen students while they study engineering at University.