We at Orla James would love to thank everyone who entered into our scholarship. It was our first year running this and we did not expect so much interests and entries! Unfortunately due to the large amount of emails, since there is only two of us on them we were unable to answer everyone and focussed on the entries. Though if you did email your entry due to the form not working, rest assured it was read. After careful consideration we picked our winner and have got in touch, though they wished to remain anonymous! We are currently considering running this again for next year but with the capabilities to answer everyones queries, Thank you all!

Orla James is excited to be offering a Wedding scholarship for 2016/2017 to reward creativity for those in education. The scholarship applications are open to students of the UK, US, Australia and Canada which have been accepted onto a higher education course at a recognised institution. The scholarship winner will be awarded £900/$1200 towards their studies for the academic year of 2017.

Entry for the scholarship will require an essay of no more than 1000 words on any wedding topic of your choice, images can be included but must be relevant and depict the context of the piece. This purpose of the essay is to demonstrate your writing skills and creativity so make it as unique as possible. While the scholarship is open to people of any discipline, extra consideration will be given to those enrolling in English, creative writing, fashion or design degrees.

Applications are online only due to the international nature of the scholarship. We will not be taking into consideration academic achievement, however financial need may affect the final decision. The deadline for submission is 10th July 2017.


  • Late submissions will not be considered.
  • The winner will be required to validate their address through any form of legitimate documentation.
  • The scholarship is of a one time award of £900/$1200, currency dependant on location.
  • Applicants must be enrolled or due to be enrolled in a full time course.
  • Any questions regarding the scholarship please email

How to apply

Step 1: Write an essay on a wedding topic (up to 1000 words) which expresses your creative writing capability.

Step 2: Fill out the form below making sure to upload your written piece.

Step 3: Orla James will assess your entry and the information your provided in the form. The chosen winner of the scholarship will be announced on the 30th of July 2017.