Grants & Scholarships

Congratulations are in order for our 2017 Scholarship Awards:


Alexandra Altman, Audrey Altman (yes they are sisters) and Kayla Helen Shute for the 2016 highland dance scholarships to the School of Scottish Arts.

Raegan Dishman, Patrick Kemp and Noah Schnee for the 2016 scholarships to the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming.


Our compliments to you all for your outstanding performances. 




Scottish Heritage USA has awarded $10,750.00 in grant funds to four very worthy projects:


The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) $4,250. for their Wildlife Skills Training Program. This program assists students, volunteers and staff of the National Trust to gain the necessary skills to carry out key wildlife research on National Trust properties. Bat sound analysis and the National Trust’s Annual Wild Flower Identification workshops are two of their most important wildlife trainings.


The Wild Flower Workshop has been running for over 10 years and is popular with the countryside and gardens staff. The emphasis is on field work at a variety of sites from coast to mountain to meadows. Participants also spend a day helping to survey plants on an NTS Site. The knowledge and skills gained from this workshop will equip participants with the necessary skills to identify and protect the many beautiful wild flowers of Scotland.


Bats play an important role in the environment, however in recent years their numbers have dropped dramatically. As one of Scotland’s leading conservation bodies, the NTS strives to conserve bats in almost 100 of the NTS properties. Bat sound analysis is a key aspect in monitoring the bats in their natural habitat. By picking up their calls in the ultrasound range, bat species can be accurately identified and further analyzed. The information gained from this analysis will significantly help to inform the NTS work to protect the bat species.


The Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center $4,000. to renovate and upgrade the first floor of the Museum.


The Museum is a non-profit operated entirely by volunteers and is the only museum outside of Scotland dedicated to the history and traditions of the tartan and highland dress. Exhibits include artifacts from Neolithic, Roman and Celtic migration and Medieval and Renaissance eras.


It was founded by The Scottish Tartans Society (STS) which was established in Scotland in 1963, to create and maintain the Register of All Publicly Known Tartans, encourage research into Highland Dress and to provide a design service for new tartans. Originally established in Highlands, NC in 1988. The museum has been in Franklin since 1994.


The museum gallery features kilts dating back to c. 1800, and tartan specimens c. 1725.  Over 500 tartan samples are on display, including tartans for clans, families, districts, and other organizations.  The computer database, courtesy of the Scottish Tartans Authority, contains thousands of unique tartan designs, both historic and modern.

MacFarlane’s Company (A Scottish Historical Re-enactment Troupe) received $1,000. for its annual volunteer trip to Scotland where they will be participating in the Culloden Archeology and History Lecture Series. They will also be laying a wreath on behalf of Scottish Heritage USA at the Culloden 270th Commemoration Ceremony and doing Living History talks to the public. The group will appear at the Highland Folk Village and participating in the National Trust’s Glenfinnan Monument for Living History demonstration. They will also be visiting primary schools in North Ballachulish, Glencoe Village and Ballachulish with Living History presentations and presenting books to the schools as part of their Book Donation Program.

Queen City Juvenile Pipe and Drums was awarded $1,000 for instruments and uniforms. Established to promote the future of Scottish music and usher in the next generation of musicians, the band has grown to include 5 student pipers and 3 student drummers from age 8 to 16. Along with learning about Scottish music, the students are also learning to take on leadership roles by serving as pipe major and leading drummer during rehearsals and performances. In this way, they learn not only how to play individually, but how to listen critically and provide feedback to help fellow students.