Nina Schnee – 2018 Scholarship Recipient

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:

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‚Äôs website at

Room, board and tuition are included in our scholarships.


2021 Scholarship Announcement (PDF)

Grant Guidelines

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: (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

GMHG CULTURAL VILLAGE – The $1,500 awarded last year and not used due to the cancellation of the games from the COVID pandemic, will roll over to 2021
SCOT DANCE was awarded $10,000 in memory of Pat Johnston, to assist with the (FUSTA) 2021 dance championships. Founded in 1980 Scot Dance USA is the governing body of Highland Dance in the US and is the official US-affiliated organization of the Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing which is the worldwide governing body of Highland Dance. Since its inception, ScotDance USA’s mission has been to promote Scottish Highland Dancing and culture in the United States. ScotDance USA presents ongoing education for teachers, judges and dances, is the registration body for competing Highland Dancers and Dance competitions and sponsors the Uniteed States Inter-Regional Championship, which crowns the US Highland Dance Champions in each age group from each of the 6 regions.
NATIONAL TRUST USA Our membership in this organization provides support to the National Trust for Scotland and allows our membership access to all NTS properties.

Total: $31,500

2020 Grants Awarded