Maria Duyst van Voorhout, Lady of Renswoude Castle, died in 1754. Maria’s estate contained an enormous fortune and in her will she had directed this fortune to be spent for the education of intelligent male orphans with a minimum age of 15 years, to be selected from the city orphanages of Utrecht, The Hague and Delft. In her will Maria specified to select the most intelligent, shrewd and competent boys and encourage them to study mathematics, drawing, painting or sculpting. Furthermore physics, road and hydraulic engineering, surveying, instrument making and other technical subjects that were hardly taught systematically in the 18th century.
At the end of the 19th century changes took place. Various secondary education institutes were established and there was no need for home education any more. Instead the Fundatie focused on enabling second education, both for boys from the orphanage and for boys from broken homes. Until the middle of the 20th century these élèves (and that’s how the ‘bursalen’ are still called) were often still interns at the Fundatie building.
Nowadays the Fundatie provides grants to young people, male and female students, who are not able to pay for their study costs themselves or who need an allowance to be able to complete their studies. Students of all University studies and Universities of Applied Sciences or students at creative vocational schools are eligible for a scholarship. In the Netherlands we know a system of financing study costs by DUO, Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs. However there are always situations in which students cannot comply with the regulations, in those cases they can appeal to the Fundatie.
The financial support consists of providing a scholarship to the maximum amount of € 1.500,- on a yearly basis.
Fundatie van Renswoude Utrecht
Fundatie van Renswoude Den Haag
Fundatie van Renswoude Delft
Although from the same legacy, the three Fundaties function independently of each other and they each use different selection criteria.
First collect the following documents. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Merge these pieces into one PDF document, in the above order.
This can easily be done with the help of this website, for example. Give your application the following name: ‘Beursaanvraag FvR Utrecht NAAM JAAR’ (Scholarship application FvR Utrecht NAME YEAR).
The Fundatie’s grant committee consists of two trustees (members of the board of the Fundatie) and two external professionals. The committee members are structurally involved in guiding and evaluating students and they come together to meet scholarship candidates four to six times per year. The committee works according to a fixed protocol, about which you can read more following this link.