Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Student Records are now Available but Not Online

Starting in 1901 under a Trust Deed signed by Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland aims to provide “funds for improving and extending the opportunities for scientific study and research in the Universities of Scotland.” The Trust has provided grants to students wishing to attend university. Until the introduction of government grants, the Carnegie Trust was the main source of support for students of low income backgrounds. As such, the Carnegie Trust splayed an important role in increasing social mobility and educational attainment for generations of Scots.

The trust always kept index cards recording the details of its grant recipients and recently has created a database with the scanned cards. 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.

Unfortunately, the database is not accessible online. However, Carnegie Trust staff members will look up records for anyone who requests a search. This resource should be of interest to family historians and social historians across the world as many of the former recipients migrated.

You can learn more at the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland web site at and especially at

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