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
The Alex Currie Memorial Scholarship for BagpipeAdministered 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 ClarsachAdministered 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 BagpipeAdministered 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 BagpipeAdministered 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.
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.
The Clan Currie Scholarship for Music CompositionAdministered by Edinburgh Napier University, the scholarship has been earmarked for music students studying composition of Traditional Scottish Music. The scholarship celebrates the long-standing tradition for music in the Clan Currie, anciently the MacMhuirich family of bards.
The Carol Hassert Memorial Scholarship for the Fine ArtsAdministered by the Fine Arts faculty of Summit High School in Summit, NJ (our concert’s home town), the scholarship remembers the late Carol Hassert. Edinburgh born, Hassert was a beloved member of the Summit Parents Music Association. This scholarship honours her years of devotion to celebrating the arts.