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RTS and STV bursary scheme extended to Scottish colleges in Year 2

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STV and the Royal Television Society (RTS) today announce the second round of their six-figure undergraduate bursary scheme and confirm that, in addition to Scottish universities, it is now open to those undertaking HND (Levels 5 and 6) courses at Scottish colleges.
 
This move significantly expands the opportunity for talented students from diverse and lower income backgrounds who are hoping to pursue careers in television.
 
Launched in 2019, the scheme grants recipients funding for each year of their studies, with ten new students receiving grants each year as part of this multi-year investment.  The ambition is that 50 students in total will be beneficiaries of the initiative.
 
Designed to help drive Scotland’s creative economy, the scheme also offers a range of money-can’t-buy opportunities for talented students embarking on Journalism, Television Production and Technology-based higher education courses at Scottish colleges and universities.  
 
In addition to funding, students attend networking and industry insight events, receive work placements and mentoring sessions, as well as the opportunity to establish a network of industry contacts.  Five of the ten students who received bursaries in Year 1 of the scheme will work at STV over the summer.
 
Year 2 of the scheme is now live, with applications accepted until 30 June 2020 via  www.rts.org.uk/bursaries
 
Simon Pitts, CEO of STV, said: “I met the first ten recipients of the STV bursary scheme last year and I was blown away by their enthusiasm, talent and ambition to work in the creative industries.  Expanding this fantastic opportunity to include college students was a no brainer for us.  There’s so much talent out there and this scheme goes to the heart of STV’s diversity and inclusion aims to improve social mobility, encourage talent and provide real opportunities in areas where we need to reach new audiences to stay relevant. I’m really looking forward to spending time with the successful students at our studios.”
 
Theresa Wise, Royal Television Society CEO, said: I am so delighted that STV has partnered with the RTS in funding more of the bursaries – so that we can extend the support to students in Scotland with great potential.  We are very grateful to Simon Pitts and STV for the support and energy to make this happen!”
 
 
For more details on the scheme, go to https://rts.org.uk/education-training/rts-bursaries.
 
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For further information, please contact:
 
STV press office
Kirstin Stevenson on 0141 300 3886 or email Kirstin.stevenson@stv.tv
 
RTS
rts@ddapr.com / 020 7932 9800