Forget the blender or fine china: Prince William and Kate Middleton received an early wedding gift fit only for royalty. The Scottish university where the couple met will honor them with a scholarship in their name.
Last Friday, The University of St. Andrews presented the scholarship in their honor when the couple visited its 600th anniversary fund-raising campaign.
“This will be the first scholarship of its kind at St. Andrews and a reflection of this university’s commitment to ensure that we find, attract and support the most gifted students from anywhere in the world,” said Louise Richardson, the university’s principal and vice-chancellor.
Though the scholarship has not yet been given an official name, it will be worth up to 70,000 pounds, or roughly $115,000. The award will help pay for tuition and living expenses for four years.
Applicants of all nationalities qualify, and the award will be given annually to a student who has not been able to receive such financial aid.
“It will guarantee that bright students who might otherwise have been unable to go to university can fulfill their potential,” said Richardson.
The soon-to-be-wed pair graduated from St. Andrews in 2005. Both William and Kate studied art history, though William decided to switch subjects and received a degree in geography.
“We wish them a life of love, health and happiness,” Richardson said.