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Watt Memorial Trust

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Watt Memorial Trust – Supporting Your Further Learning

The Watt Trust was set up in 1983 in memory of Rob Watt, and his wife Barbara. Rob, a distinguished Fettesian, was Rector of The Edinburgh Academy between 1951 and 1962.

The purpose of the Trust is to give financial help to past and present members of both The Edinburgh Academy and Fettes, to enable them to advance their education or professional training beyond the point at which public funds or university scholarships are available, or when private of family sources alone are not quite adequate for the purpose.

Recent Academical recipients

In 2023, the Watt Trust awarded three grants to Accies, including support for a counselling course and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence. One award went to Sophie Crichton (EA 2013–20) who is studying for an undergraduate degree in Nursing at the University of Edinburgh. Thanks to the award, Sophie was able to travel to Vietnam and take part in an elective overseas placement for five weeks.

The Trust has supported a number of projects over the years and welcomes applications for any kind of financial need you may experience as you complete your education or training. Your project may be spectacular, or it may be mainstream, but if you’re genuinely short of funds, please consider applying.

For further information, please contact Sophie Mills at or telephone 0131 510 9349. Deadlines for applications are 1 February and 1 September.

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