Student Bursary Application Procedure

Updated Mon Dec 10 12:35:57 GMT 2018

Please read this page carefully BEFORE starting the application process.

The Student Bursary Application System has been designed to minimise spurious applications from bots and other time wasters.

Bursary Application Process - 3 Steps

  1. Request an Application ID using the Application ID Request Form.
    • Provide your name, e-mail address, and choose a password on the form.
    • You will be e-mailed an Application ID to use with your e-mail/password to sign in to the Application Form. This will also confirm that your e-mail address is valid.
  2. Complete and submit the on-line Student Bursary Application Form.
    • You should submit the on-line application form at least two days before the closing date, to allow time for posting of the printed signed/dated copy. The Society cannot accept applications received after the closing date.
    • When you submit the electronic version of the application form you will be provided with links to download a copy for printing, and to upload your SAAS Award letter. You can sign in and do this any time after electronic submission.
    • Upon electronic submission you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing the postal address to send your hard copy application to. Remember, your signed/dated copy must be received by the closing date.
  3. Download and print a copy of your application which should be signed/dated and posted to the Society along with a copy of your
    • Course Offer letter
    When we receive your signed/dated hard copy application you will be sent a further acknowledgement e-mail. Please note: Your application will not be processed until the signed/dated hard copy has been received by the Society.


As soon as we receive your hard copy application we will write to your referees, asking them to complete a short reference form, and return it to us in a reply paid envelope. This will be done within the first few days of June. You are strongly advised to sign in and check your application status by the 2nd or 3rd week in June to see if we have received your references. If not, it is suggested that you contact your referees to ensure that they have received and responded to our reference requests. (Most of the delays in the process are caused by referees not responding to requests.)

On-line Application Form Instructions

The form should be self-explanatory, with instructions on the form where needed, but here are a few points to note:

  • You can save your application as a draft at any time, sign out, and come back to it later.
  • Red, amber, or green status messages will be displayed at the top of the form.
  • Most form fields have tool tips to help you (hover your mouse pointer over a form field to see the pop-up tool tip). This will not work on touch screen devices, obviously.
  • DO NOT use your browser's Back or Refresh/Reload buttons - you may lose data.
  • For security reasons you are strongly advised to sign out when you have finished working - this will also remind you to save your work. You will be automatically signed out, without your data being saved, if you do not Save or Preview your application within a 60 minute period, so be sure to save your form regularly.
  • The application form will work on smartphones or other small screen devices (best in "landscape" mode), but you are advised to use a laptop/desktop or larger tablet computer.
  • Have a look at the Example Application Form (opens in a new tab/window), to familiarise yourself with the information that will be needed.

If You Do Not Receive an Expected e-Mail

If you do not receive an e-mail that you are expecting from the system, please check your spam/junk mail folder and wait for at least 4 hours. If you still have not received the e-mail please contact the Bursary Coordinator via the contact form on the Contact Us page.

Other Information

Your application will be judged on a number of criteria including, but not limited to, your association with Perthshire, the care taken in completing the form, ability to follow the instructions such as signing out when temporarily finished working on your application, the quality of your personal statement, your justification for receiving a bursary and how it would be of benefit to you.

Bursary Application Sign In

2019 Bursary Application Schedule/Progress

  • Opening-Closing Dates: Upon receipt of the hard copy version of an application an acknowledgement e-mail will be sent to applicants and references will be requested
  • By early June: References for all applicants will have been requested
  • By end of June: All references should have been received
  • Mid August: Applicants will be contacted by the Bursary Coordinator to confirm that they have received any necessary examination results and will be taking up their university/college place
  • Mid-Late August: The Board of Directors will finalise decisions on the awards. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified
  • Mid/late-September: The Treasurer will contact successful applicants and existing bursars to arrange payment
  • Late September/Early October: All bursary payments should have been made

Example Form