The House of Gordon USA will award three scholarships per year
    through the Charles O. Gordon Memorial Scholarship Program to our
    youth (and the young at heart) who wish to further their tutelage in the Scottish
    Arts including but not limited to piping, highland drumming, highland dance,
    fiddle, heavy athletics and Gaelic language study. One scholarship is reserved
    for the Grade IV Junior Piper of the Day at Grandfather Mountain Highland
    Games, two will be awarded as individual scholarship grants. The application
    process for 2017 is now closed. Applications for 2018 will open January
    1, 2018. Deadline to receive applicatons is April 23rd, 2018
    Recipients Announced on Tartan Day, Friday, 6th April.

All applicants of at least ten years of age who are involved in learning a Scottish Art are welcome to apply
for the Charles O. Gordon Memorial Scholarship for the Scottish Arts.  The scholarship is given based on
the need and commitment of the applicant. You do not need to be a member or a descendant of a
member of the House of Gordon to apply.

The scholarship will be given as a cash grant in an amount at the discretion of the Board of Directors but
not to exceed $500.00.

All recipients must write an acknowledgement of receipt and a follow-up letter of their progress and/or
experience in their chosen Scottish art for publication in the House of Gordon USA publication,
In The

Please download the application and post the complete application with picture and essay to:

House of Gordon USA
Charles O. Gordon Memorial Scholarship
1811 Aeronca Ave.
Henrico, VA 23228-1328

Or email to


    Emma Schiff, is a young Highland Dancer from Oak Park, CA and a
    former recipient of the C.O.Gordon Memorial Scholarship in 2014. We are
    happy to be able to sponsor her again this year in her quest to continue
    her Highland Dance career. In 2016 she achieved her first coaching level
    obtaining the Associates Diploma, with honors and she was the winner of
    the LA performance based Spotlight Awards where she will perform at the
    Walt Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles in June, 2017. More importantly
    she achieved the goal she has been working toward of becoming World
    Champion! This year will see her moving up to the 18 and over level of
    competition where she will be competing with the most established and
    accomplished Highland dancers and her goal is to further hone her
    abilities. She will also be continuing by working toward her next level of
    coaching degree (Members) and has the goal to not only one day become
    a Judge, but also an Examiner. We are excited to be able to in some small
    part help her along this path knowing that she will for decades to come be
    exciting, encouraging, teaching and mentoring many more young Highland
    Dancers. We have awarded her a $500.00 cash grant.

    Megan Ashworth of Simi Valley, CA is a Highland Dancer and
    teacher with a goal of becoming a Judge. In 2016 she was honored to be
    invited to Moscow, Russia to perform in the tattoo in Red Square, where
    she met Russian Highland Dancers and, she says, "although we did not
    speak the same language, we were all able to dance together!"  She will
    be heading to Vancouver, Canada this fall to sit for the Scottish Official
    Board of Highland Dancing’s Judging Exam. We know that Megan will also
    be a beacon to many young Highland Dancers for years to come and will
    be able to continue teaching and once she earns her Judging certificate,
    she will be able to give the constructive criticism that these dancers enter
    competition in search of to hone their skills and reach their potential. We
    are happy to be able to help her with a cash grant of $250.00 toward her
    theory class preparation for her Judges' examination.

    Autumn Giancchina is a young Highland Dancer from Clearwater,
    FL who has been dancing for the past 4 1/2 years and has just achieved
    Premiere level. She is active in her community as a volunteer and is the
    Junior Class President at Dunedin High School, and also works part time.
    She has been a guest dancer for Celtic Christmas at the Rialto Center for
    the Performing Arts in Atlanta, GA the past 3 years and last year was a
    guest dancer for the Red Hot Chili Pipers in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. This hard
    working, talented young lady would like to attend the Ohio Scottish Arts
    School to improve her dancing and we are very happy to award her a
    $500.00 cash grant to help ensure she will be able to attend.


    The House of Gordon USA is proud to sponsor the annual Charles
    O. Gordon Memorial Grade 4 Junior Piper of the Day Award at
    Grandfather Mountain Highland Games where Charles had also
    served as president.

    We felt this was a fitting venue for our program with the offer of a
    special trophy and a $250.00 scholarship.

    We look forward to watching this year's Grade 4 Junior competition
    and welcoming this year's Piper of the Day and his/her family to the
    Gordon Tent for lunch and the presentation of the award!

Charles O. Gordon, founding President House of Gordon USA
House of Gordon USA
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