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ACT proud to support university scholarship fund 

ACT Construction (UK) Ltd is contributing to a new scholarship fund, which was set up this year at the University of Strathclyde.

The Eilidh McHugh Scholarship Fund was established in memory of outstanding graduate Eilidh, who died in March 2017 at the age of 22, following a short battle with cancer.

Eilidh on her graduation day. Photo courtesy of the  McHugh family

Eilidh, of Hamilton in Central Scotland, had graduated with a first class honours – with Distinction – in Pharmacy in 2016 and was nearing completion of her pre-registration year to qualify as a pharmacist when she developed a rare and highly aggressive form of cancer.

She had been described by the University of Strathclyde’s principal as having ”a positive influence on everyone who engaged with her”.

Eilidh’s family decided they wanted to work with the university to continue this legacy, by establishing the Eilidh McHugh Scholarship Fund to support other promising students.

What is the Eilidh McHugh Scholarship Fund?

The scholarship provides opportunities for students from less advantaged backgrounds to study at the University of Strathclyde. Each scholar receives £5,000 over four years to support the essential costs of university, including transport and learning resources.

Funding for a total of 21 scholarships has been raised thanks to support from Eilidh’s family and friends. Supporters include both businesses and individuals, numbering 12 in total, including support from the University of Strathclyde’s Alumni Fund.

Phil Addy, Alumni Fund development officer at the university, said: “Strathclyde is privileged to be able to commemorate Eilidh through the naming of the Eilidh McHugh Scholarship. The generosity of friends, family and businesses lies at the heart of this scholarship and will enable more talented young people to pursue their ambition to study at university.

“Strathclyde has a strategic objective to widen access to education. Last year, we achieved our widening access targets two years ahead of schedule and, for the second year in a row, we are on course to admit more than 1000 new students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The donor-funded scholarship programme is a cornerstone in this strategy, helping to remove the financial barriers that these students face in choosing education.”

Strathclyde Principal Professor, Sir Jim McDonald, said: “I am delighted that Strathclyde both contributes to and manages the Eilidh McHugh Scholarship Fund, which will undoubtedly provide opportunities and support for many young people hoping to attend our university.

“Eilidh was a wonderful young woman and an outstanding student who was a positive influence on everyone who engaged with her. Through the commitment and generosity of Eilidh’s family and those who have helped create the Scholarship Fund, Eilidh will continue to be a true inspiration for other young people.”

On behalf of the family, Eilidh’s sister Kerry, who is a Strathclyde Business School graduate, said: “The Eilidh McHugh Scholarship Fund will allow many young people, like Eilidh, to attend university and realise their full potential in life. Eilidh not only achieved a first class honours degree from the university, but also enjoyed all the experiences associated with life at university.

“We are very grateful for the support of the university, businesses, family and friends who have supported the establishment of the scholarship fund.”

Business support of the scholarship fund

ACT Construction (UK) Ltd is one of the businesses that is supporting the Eilidh McHugh Scholarship Fund. Ken Godsman, managing director, said: “I think that it is important as a businessman to support the young people – especially the graduates – of the future. However, opportunity should not be predicated by wealth in the first place.

“There are many bright young people who deserve a place at university but their family might not be in a position to support or fund them. The scholarship fund is a great idea and for a very good cause. I am very happy to give my support financially over the coming years.”

Ken believes other business should follow suit. He said: “I think that many more businesses should look at ways to support young people, whether through funds like these or assisting athletes as we already do. A little money donated can go a long way.”

Phil Addy added: “For those interested in giving their support, a scholarship offers much more than just financial support – it brings confidence, ambition and the desire to succeed. Such life opportunities would not be possible without the generosity shown by supporters.”

To find out more about what the scholarship fund means to students:

To offer you support, contact Jenny Aitchison, Development Officer, at  or 0141 548 4683.