University Awards and Foundation Scholarships

The R&A Foundation makes awards to universities to assist them with the education and development of talented young golfers during their course of study and to enhance the general standard of university golf. Awards are also made to individual student golfers.

In the current year, in excess of £250,000 has been allocated by The R&A for university programmes and individual awards. In 2014-2015 the R&A is supporting golf programmes at 11 universities and will award over 100 individual scholarships to players across Europe.

The centerpiece of the year is the annual Foundation Scholars Tournament, to which all Scholars are invited to compete. Contested in St Andrews every April over 54-holes, the Tournament offers the leading man a place on the European Palmer Cup team to face the USA, with the leading woman receiving a starting place at a Ladies European Tour event. The event carries World Amateur Golf Ranking Points.

Individual applicants must be in full-time tertiary education. Male applicants must hold a handicap of plus one or better, while female applicants must be three or better. Applications will also be considered from players who have been selected for a national team or squad, even if they do not meet the handicap requirements. Students studying in the USA will not be considered for R&A scholarship awards. For more information and full eligibility requirements please download the document on the right of this page.

Applications for individual student awards must be submitted between 1 August and 30 September. Applicants must complete the online application form (in the left hand menu). Paper application forms will not be accepted.

The R&A is unlikely to include additional universities in this award programme and is moving toward support for individuals instead. For further information contact Alison White, Assistant Director of Golf Development at The R&A.

The 11 universities in receipt of funding for 2014 - 2015 are;

Central Lancs
NUI Maynooth
St Andrews