Fettes Foundation

The Fettes Foundation was formed in 1998 to raise philanthropic income for the benefit of Fettes and its pupils.

Since then, the Foundation has received donations from over 2,400 generous donors to support the provision of bursaries, a number of capital developments and other key projects.

Donations from our engaged community of Old Fettesians, parents and friends of Fettes transform the lives of pupils who come to Fettes and will continue to do so for generations.

Thank you to everyone who has helped the Foundation to achieve its aims over the past two decades.


Bursaries at Fettes

Guided by the founding ethos of Sir William Fettes, we remain committed to awarding bursaries. We are deeply grateful to those who help provide the wide array of stimulating opportunities that a Fettes education offers to ambitious children from low income backgrounds. Like all Fettesians, our bursary students will leave the College knowing that they can achieve whatever they set out to, with a very real understanding of what a privilege their education has been. Those who support bursaries will know that they are helping to nurture the many talents of these students and set the strongest possible foundation for their respective futures.


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Ways to Donate



Projects Funded by the Fettes Foundation



Get In Touch


I am grateful to all our donors and am delighted that each year members of our generous community choose to support us for the first time.

If you would like to discuss making a gift to the Fettes Foundation, or the wider work of the Development Team, please do not hesitate to contact me by clicking the button below.

Nicola Pickavance, Director of Development


Pavilion Restoration Project



Bursaries Appeal

Over the last three years, the number of 100% bursary students has doubled and the Fettes Foundation is committed to increasing philanthropic income towards these awards. There are currently 68 Fettesians receiving financial assistance to access the world class all-round boarding education that we offer today. Please take a moment to read more about giving the gift of a Fettes education.




“The fact that there are many people within the Fettes community who continue to support us is testament to what a special place Fettes is. Thank you to everyone who has helped the Foundation to achieve its aims over the past two decades."

Bruce Dingwall (SH 1973-1978)
Chairman of the Fettes Foundation




Donor List 2018-2020




Latest News

Fettes College Turns 150 Years Old!

On 5th October 1870, Fettes College opened its doors to welcome its very first pupils. On 5th October 2020 we could not wait to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this moment!

We would have loved to invite everyone back to Fettes to celebrate with us, however, due to current restrictions, we had to change our plans and keep everyone safe. That did not stop us having a jam packed (albeit socially distanced) day marking this special occasion.

Read More about Fettes College Turns 150 Years Old!