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Rockefeller centre, New YorkThe Scottish International Education Trust was set up in 1971 on the initiative of Sean Connery. The Trustees are Scots who have distinguished themselves in careers covering a wide range of activities including the arts, industry, education and sport.

The trust has two broad aims:

  • to give financial help at a critical stage in their development to Scots men and women who have shown ability and promise and wish to take their studies or professional training further in circumstances where public funds are not available; and
  • to support projects which the Trust considers will contribute to the cultural, social or economic well being of Scotland or the improvement of the Scottish environment.

The Trust makes grants amounting generally to about £30,000 annually. These are normally made up of grants to individual students who apply direct to the Trust.

The Trust also has power to make grants for charitable purposes to organisations or corporate projects. The Trustees' focus, however, is presently on grants to individuals, and unsolicited applications from organisations are unlikely to be entertained.

How to support us

The Trust is grateful to everyone who has supported its work through donations and legacies. Every gift is valuable to the Trust. You can support our work by making a gift in one of two ways:-


The Trust can accept donations to help support its work and all contributions are gratefully received. If you wish to donate to the Trust, please send a cheque payable to ‘The Scottish International Education Trust’ to:

Scottish International Education Trust
Turcan Connell
Princes Exchange
1 Earl Grey Street

If you wish to donate by Gift Aid, the Trust will be able to reclaim tax on your gift, making it all the more valuable to the Trust. If you would like a Gift Aid form, please email the Trust at


If you wish to leave a legacy to the Trust, please ask your solicitor to include a bequest in your Will to ‘The Scottish International Education Trust, Princes Exchange, 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh EH3 9EE (Scottish registered charity SC009207)’.


Scottish International Education Trust
A charity registered in Scotland. Reg. no. SC009207