Outlander star Sam Heughan is offering mentoring and £5,000 in funding to students studying at the The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The creative contest Write Start will see the actor help one lucky student currently enrolled at his old school.
The competition is part of the Conservatoire’s 175th anniversary celebrations in 2022.
The actor, 41, is from Dumfries has gone on to find global success for his role as Jamie Fraser in Outlander based on the books by Diana Gabaldon.
Heughan is keeping himself busy with lots of projects as he has signed on for a Channel 4 thriller which fans are dying to see.
In January 2022, Heughan will start filming the adventure epic Everest with Ewan McGregor and Mark Strong, inspired by Jeffrey Archer’s novel Paths of Glory.
As well as acting projects, the star is also branching out into writing with fellow Outlander star Graham McTavish with their book The Clanlands Almanac.
Write Start follows on from Sam’s announcement earlier this summer to fund a ten-year drama scholarship programme at RCS.
The programme is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students at RCS where students from any area can submit a pitch for a performance such as a play, musical, film, opera, performance piece, ballet or an innovative production idea.
Scottish legend Heughan graduated from the BA Acting degree course in 2003 and is personally funding three annual scholarships for undergraduate students in the School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film.
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Heughan said: “There are so many wonderful disciplines at the conservatoire and that collaboration can be really interesting.
“It’s important for students to think outside the box. Maybe a ballet dancer has a burning ambition to be a writer or just has a really good idea.
“From my own career, I’ve realised that there’s a lot of fluidity. You might find that there are other avenues that you can explore that you didn’t even think about that can also help support your chosen career.
“It energises you and keeps you adaptable to the industry. When we see people from all walks of life or different departments collaborating on something, that’s when real creativity can shine.”
“I’ve started writing a little bit. I never thought I’d be a writer, I never thought I could do it, but once you sit down and start it just surprises you. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the students come up with.”
Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Sam Heughan is a shining example of how to pay it forward, who uses his platform for good to make a difference in the world and enables others to reach their own potential.
“Through the Sam Heughan Scholarship and Write Start, he is helping to nurture the next generation of performing and production artists at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland by sharing the opportunities that he experienced while studying here. We are deeply grateful to Sam for his passionate support and incredible generosity.”