“How appropriate that Clan Currie, with a strong and distinguished history of poets and musicians should ensure that the future of Scottish culture is safer with these generous scholarships.”
- Alan Cumming OBE
Proceeds from The Pipes of Christmas support our annual scholarship program for deserving young students.
We currently offer five scholarships in partnership with some of the leading educational institutions for Celtic music and Gaelic arts:
The Alex Currie Memorial Scholarship for Bagpipe - Administered by the Gaelic College of Nova Scotia, the scholarship is named for the famed Cape Breton piper. Currie was a living representation of one of the many different piping styles that existed in Cape Breton among the highland immigrants and their descendants – styles that have disappeared from the piping landscape of Cape Breton.
The Col. William McMurdo Currie Memorial Scholarship for the Clarsach - Administered by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) in Glasgow, Scotland, the scholarship honors the memory of the founder of the original Clan Currie Society in Glasgow, Scotland in 1959.
The Pipe Major Kevin Ray Blandford Memorial Scholarship for Bagpipe - Administered by the National Piping Centre of Glasgow, Scotland, the scholarship pays tribute to the founder of the R.P. Blandford & Son Pipe Band of Redlands, CA and creator of the original “Pipes of Christmas” studio recording which became the foundation for the annual Clan Currie Society concerts.
The Private Bill Millin Memorial Scholarship for Bagpipe - Administered for the Clan Currie Society by Lyon College of Batesville, AR. The scholarship honors the memory of Private Bill Millin, the famed D-Day bagpiper for played for his troops during the British landing at Sword Beach on June 6, 1944. In the year of his death, the Pipes of Christmas performed a solemn and moving tribute to Millin. Click here to view the performance.
The Duais Clann MhicMhuirich (Clan Currie Bursary) - Administered by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland's Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye. Awarded to to students of the Gaelic college who undertake research on the literature, poetry and history of Clan Currie.
With your ongoing support, we hope to build on our tradition of encouraging and enabling young people who are passionate about keeping our Celtic culture thriving.
Tax-deductible donations in support of our Scholarship Program may be made via PayPal here:
You may also mail your contribution to the Clan Currie Society, P.O. Box 541, Summit, NJ 07902-0541. Please make checks payable to
The Clan Currie Society Scholarship Fund.
The Clan Currie Society is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt cultural heritage organization.