Archive of student records

Index cards

Index cards

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. 

MCCOLL HUGH CThe 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.


Carnegie's vision of philanthropy

"The day is not far distant when the man who dies leaving behind him millions of available wealth, which was his to administer during life, will pass away un-wept, un-honored and un-sung . . . Of such as these the public verdict will then be: 'The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced.'"

Andrew Carnegie, The Gospel of Wealth (1889). You can listen to a 1914 recording of Andrew Carnegie reading from his essay on responsible giving. This is the only known recording of the industrialist and philanthropist's voice.

Help us continue Andrew Carnegie's legacy

Donations and legacies from former beneficiaries, grant recipients or other supporters help the Carnegie Trust carry on and extend its support in the changing landscape of Scottish higher education.

You can learn more about ways to support the work of the Trust in the Support the Trust section.