Today all the Trust's records are held in a computerised database, but from the early days until the start of the 21st Century, index cards were used to record the names of undergraduate and postgraduate students receiving funding.
The original index cards has also been preserved electronically. Each record provides the name, place of residence, course studied and university attended as well as the total amount paid on behalf of the student to their university.
The card reproduced here shows the records for Hugh Clarke McColl who was the brother of our Administrative Manager's great-grandmother! Hugh studied Divinity at the University of Glasgow between 1901-02 and 1904-05 and eventually became a Minister in the Church of Scotland. After a long career abroad, Hugh returned to Scotland in 1930 and died in Glasgow in 1944. In total, Hugh received £69.6 from the Trust, which amounts to approximately £7,000 today.
Searching the archive
The Trust's records cannot be consulted physically but should you wish to check whether you received funding yourself, or whether one of your ancestors may have been supported by the Trust, our staff will be delighted to search the records for you. To request a search in our archive, please complete the online form, under the tab Request a data search.
Following receipt of your request, our staff will conduct a search and inform you of the outcome. If the record exists, we will send you a scanned image of the original index card. Please allow 2-3 weeks for a request to be handled.
NOTE: Under the Data Protection Act, the Trust can only provide the details requested by the data subjects (e.g. grant recipients) themselves if they are still living; or by any other individual if the information relates to someone who has passed away. If you are looking for the records of a deceased relative or ancestor, please complete the request form, indicating your relationship to the grant recipient.