Winners of School Scholarships Announced

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is delighted to announce the winners of Scholarships for Academic Excellence and Robertson International Scholarships. (Published 31 Oct 2016)

The School awards up to five scholarships for the forthcoming academic year, each with a value of £7,000, to undergraduate students going into their third year. These awards encourage and reward excellence in our student community and are made on the basis of academic merit and were judged by Head of School Professor Ewen Cameron, Undergraduate Director Dr Adam Fox and Heads of Subject Area Dr Thomas Ahnert, Professor Gavin Kelly and Dr Ulf-Dietrich Schoop.

Winners of Scholarships for Academic Excellence and Robertson International
Back row (L-R): Josefine Ekeland, Matteo Atik, Ethan Rummel, Katherine McHugh. Front row (L-R): Alex White, Yakira Kellman, Allison Hagg, Elaina Benson

Winners of Scholarships for Academic Excellence and Robertson International

The students awarded the Undergraduate Awards for Academic Excellence are:

  • Josefine Ekeland (Ancient History)
  • Kirsty Lilley (Archaeology)
  • Katherine McHugh (Classics)
  • Sarah Scott (Celtic and Archaeology)
  • Alex White (History)

There were also six Robertson International Scholarships, a new prize, awarded to incoming year one overseas students this year. The award is worth £500 and based on academic merit and designed to attract the brightest students.

The inaugral Robertson International Scholarship students are:

  • Matteo Atik (History)
  • Elaina Benson (History and Archaeology)
  • Elizabeth Greenberg (Archaeology and Social Anthropology)
  • Allison Hagg (English Literature and History)
  • Yakira Kellman (History)
  • Ethan Rummel (History and Classics)
  • Entries were assessed and ranked by the Scholarships Office.
  • The students were congratulated on their achievements at a recent reception with senior staff from the School.

Making a Difference

Kirsty Lilley, Josefine Ekeland and Sarah Scott told us their plans as winners of Scholarships, and the difference they will make to them and their studies.

I am so excited and grateful to have received this scholarship, which will allow me to take part in archaeological fieldwork projects and related travels around the world, particularly as I am studying abroad this year. It is also a fantastic confidence boost to start off my honours-level years!

Kirsty LilleyArchaeology


Finances have been a struggle in the past and the award grants me the opportunity to focus more on my studies, particularly during the summers where I would usually have to work to fund my stay at Edinburgh. The scholarship means that I can, if I so wish, spend the summer doing things more related to my studies. More importantly, it has given me the opportunity to fund further studies in Ancient History. I want to study at a Masters and PhD level, and the scholarship means that this dream can be pursued more realistically. I am extremely grateful for that fact.

Josefine EkelandAncient History

I heard about this award for the first time from Professor Ian Ralston in his welcome to first year Archaeology students.  At the time, I was coming back to University as a mature student with children, and had no expectations of being in the running for an award of this sort.  I was also a part-time BA student at the time so was very much feeling my way in university study. Since then, I have transferred to a full-time degree in Celtic and Archaeology and, having made that move, it is lovely to have my efforts acknowledged by receiving this award... I also find that child care costs can mean that I am not always able to participate in extra-curricular activities connected with my studies and this award will certainly help with that.

Sarah ScottCeltic and Archaeology

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