At Scottish Heritage USA, we believe in and facilitate the advancement of youth through our scholarship program.
Our scholarships are offered at two schools, The School of Scottish Arts for Highland Dance and the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming.
The School of Scottish Arts
Situated at Lees-McRae College in picturesque Banner Elk, North Carolina offers one and two week courses in all aspects of Highland Dance.
The School was founded in North Carolina in 1965 by Sally Southerland.
The purposes of School of Scottish Arts (SSA) are:
- to encourage the preservation of the folk arts, heritage and traditions of Scotland
- to extend the knowledge and practice of Scottish Arts by providing a center for learning and offering instruction conforming to traditional standards, and;
- to stimulate public interest in Scottish arts and traditions.
SSA accomplishes this mission by offering quality dance instruction from top teachers of Highland Dancing and by introducing and reinforcing knowledge of Scottish culture and history. For more information on the School of Scottish Arts, please visit: http://www.gmhg.org/school%20of%20scottish%20arts%20menu.htm.
North American Academy of Piping and Drumming
Due to COVID restrictions the school is unable to take in as many students as usual and as a result, the school is full and is not taking any more students. All applications for scholarships will be held until next year.
The piping and drumming school, started by the late John McFayden, of Glasgow, Scotland, and Sandy Jones, has been operating in Valle Crucis, North Carolina for over 40 years. The school’s professional instructors conduct one-week classroom instruction on piping and drumming. Visit the Academy’s website at www.naapd.org
Room, board and tuition are included in our scholarships.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A SCOTTISH HERITAGE MEMBER TO APPLY FOR THESE SCHOLARSHIPS! WE WELCOME APPLICANTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.2021 Scholarship Announcement (PDF)
If you wish to apply for a grant from Scottish Heritage USA, you MUST be a non-profit organization and a copy of your IRS determination letter must accompany your request.
Please adhere to the following guidelines:
The board meets to decide on grant funding twice a year. The second week in July and the first week in December. Please have your requests submitted to the office no later than May 15th and October 15th.
Provide a short cover letter (no more than one page) explaining who you are and why you wish funds from Scottish Heritage.
Project Summary: Give a summary of the project (2-3 paragraphs).
Project Description: Prepare a detailed description of the project, include pictures and other supporting documentation you feel will help the board in visualizing your project.
Project Budget: Submit a detailed project budget including other funding requested for the project (if any), people or other organizations involved in the project and the amount you are requesting from Scottish Heritage USA.
Name, address, telephone and email of the contact person responsible for the application.
The Board of Directors meets twice each year in July and December. Please have your applications in at least one month prior to those meetings to give staff time to copy the requests and distribute to the board members.
Send your applications by mail to:Scottish Heritage USA, Inc.
PO Box 457
Pinehurst, NC 28374-0457
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org (If you are sending pictures, please send in jpeg format).
Questions? Contact: Ms. Helton 919.295.4448. Office is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
2021 Grants Awarded
2020 Grants Awarded