Three Fife College students have received special scholarships from one of the world’s greatest mystery writers, Sir Ian Rankin.
Popular for his fictional character Rebus, Sir Ian generously supports the annual creative writing scholarship which was awarded this year to talented students Isabella Webster, Sam Trotter and Tamzin McDonald.
Offered through the Adam Smith Scholarships, part of Fife College, the Ian Rankin Scholarship is open to all full-time students, giving anyone with creative talent the opportunity to submit a paper and have it read and judge their work by the recently knighted author. .
As well as the chance to meet Sir Ian in the future, the winning students received a monetary award of £600 each to support their studies.
Isabella, Sam and Tamzin also received certificates to mark their achievement, as well as a copy of Ian’s award-winning book, ‘The Dark Remains’, at a special presentation event held at the training restaurant. The Academy on the College’s Kirkcaldy campus.
Based on a manuscript by Scottish detective writing legend William McIlvanney, ‘The Dark Remains’, which recently received the British Book Award for Crime & Thriller at the 2022 British Book Awards, tells the story of the first-ever case of McIlvanney’s famous detective, DI Laidlaw.
Isabella Webster, HNC Legal Services Student, Edinburgh, said:
“I was amazed when I saw that I had won, not only because the support will be invaluable in financing my further studies, but also because it allowed me to prove to myself that this is something that I do well.
“I now have an unconditional place at the University of Glasgow to study Scottish law and history, and this award will have a huge impact on tuition and course fees.”
Tamzin McDonald from Penicuik, who is studying the European Non-Advanced Computer Driving License (ECDL), said:
“I am delighted to win the scholarship. It boosted my confidence in my writing and my confidence in myself. I plan to spend money on learning support software, writing supplies, and essentials.”
HND: Sam Trotter, theater and performance student, from North Queensferry, said:
“Being able to be part of this scholarship and winning it was an incredible opportunity for me to put my creative energy into a project with a very valuable prize.
“The money allows me to finance another creative project and to have more freedom in my career as an actor.”
Sir Ian, who was knighted on the Queen’s Birthday Honors List on the eve of the Platinum Jubilee, said:
“I was delighted to award this year’s scholarships to Isabella, Sam and Tamzin. There was a wide variety of entries, all of a high standard, and I really enjoyed reading them all.
“It’s a pity that I was unable to attend the pitch event in person this year, but I hope to visit the College at a later date for the chance to chat with this year’s scholarship winners. “
Lyn Gold, Head of Scholarships and Alumni Engagement at Fife College, said:
“This is the 18th year of the Sir Ian Prize, which has inspired and supported over 50 students since 2004.
“To have a world renowned author like Sir Ian Rankin continue to support our students in this way is amazing and we are grateful for his continued support.
“We are also delighted to have opened the scholarship to all students a few years ago, which has led to high quality enrollment across all areas of the College.
“Congratulations to the winners Isabella, Sam and Tamzin, who are well deserving of this year’s awards.”
The Adam Smith Scholarships, part of Fife College, are one of the largest university scholarship schemes in Scotland, awarding thousands of pounds each year to support students, develop opportunities, open doors and transform lives.
For full details of scholarships at Fife College, visit the Adam Smith Scholarships page
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