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Piper and Dancer

Clan Ramsay is expanding its interest and influence in Scottish Culture by establishing a scholarship that promotes and encourages Scottish Arts and Culture. The Clan already awards a medal for the Grade One Amateur Piper of the Day at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.

The annual scholarship will support one or more students at an accredited school or learning facility that teaches bagpiping, drumming, fiddling or Scottish dancing.

In this our first year of such a scholarship, the Clan will make available $1,000 to support the scholarship. Those funds will be available to pay up to $1,000 or 75% of the cost of tuition/attendance, whichever is less, at an accredited teaching institution. For example, if the total cost of attending the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming is $715 for 2021 and that includes tuition, room and board, the Clan Ramsay scholarship will pay 75% of $715 or $536. The scholarship recipient would be responsible for the balance.

The scholarship(s) will be available to anyone who meets the criteria but priority will be given to Clan Ramsay members and their families.

Scholarship applicants must be between 12 and 18 years of age. If the applicant is under the age of 18, the application must be signed by the parent or guardian.

Application for the scholarship will be in the form of a letter from the applicant addressed to Clan Ramsay Scholarship, 434 Skinner Blvd, Dunedin FL 34698. The application must be received by May 1, 2021. The winning applicant or applicants will be announced in May and the funds will be available through the end of 2021.

The application letter must include, the applicant’s name, age, address, email address and phone number; the amount of training, if any, the applicant has had; a brief (300 word) essay that states why the applicant wants the scholarship; the name of the academy or teaching facility or institution the applicant wants to attend and a letter of recommendation from an accredited instructor or teacher of the instrument or dance the applicant wants to pursue.

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