Support our Covid 19 Student Appeal

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The global Covid-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on undergraduate students supported by the Carnegie Trust.

Your support can help us address the challenges they face.


All our undergraduate students are from low income backgrounds. They face enormous difficulties as they prepare to return or start their studies this September.  Many are already struggling to cover essential living costs after losing part-time work, and the lack of Summer jobs leaves them with only a modest maintenance loan to live on during the academic year. A significant number of our undergraduates are single parents juggling childcare and their studies. With the increasing use of online learning, many will require assistance in acquiring IT equipment, a reliable internet connection or a desk to be able to study effectively and keep connected with their lecturers and their peers.

We have increased our budget to provide additional financial aid to students who need it most. We need the help of our Carnegie community to double that amount so we can assist students throughout the forthcoming academic year. Your donation will directly support undergraduates at a challenging time in their studies and personal lives.

Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Trust with the desire to improve the life chances of those who, like him, grew up in poverty and faced many challenges in order to achieve their potential. We know his vision will resonate with your own interests and values.

Please join us in ensuring that our Carnegie undergraduates who need help can get through these unprecedented times. Your support will have a huge impact on this generation of Carnegie students by ensuring they can realise their ambitions and make a difference in their own communities. To donate to this appeal:

Send a cheque to:

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Andrew Carnegie House, Pittencrieff Street, Dunfermline KY12 8AW.

Please make your cheque payable to The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. You can include a completed Gift Aid form with your donation if you are a UK Tax Payer.

Donate online:

Robert Gilfillan, Accounting student at University of the West of Scotland

Everybody has been amazed that I have 6 children, with a wife at college too, and how I still manage to maintain my high grades at university.  This is down to hard work but more importantly the funding I received from the Trust which has meant that I don’t have to work part time and can concentrate fully on my studies. The funding I received has made a huge different to me and my family.

Ashley Malone, Psychology student at University of the West of Scotland

I have completed my BSc Psychology degree with a 2:1 and couldn’t have done this without the Carnegie Trusts support, During the pandemic I have continued to support vulnerable young people living within residential care and am hoping to expand on my experience now that I have completed my degree by entering into the counselling sector. I am so pleased to be one step closer to my dream job of becoming a Clinical Psychologist with the NHS!