The House of Gordon USA will award a minimum of 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.

    Applications for 2020 will open January 1, 2020. Deadline to receive
    applications is March 24, 2020.
    Recipients Announced in honor of Tartan Day, Saturday, 4th 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



    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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Audrey Trawick of New Port Richey, Florida is a
16-year-old Highland Dancer. Audrey  started dancing just a
little over three years ago in the Spokane, Washington area
and competed all over the Pacific Northwest as well as
Canada BC and Canada AB, before moving to Florida. She
has since competed along the East Coast. She is described
by her teachers as a natural for both her dancing and her
teaching interactions with younger students and
impressive/rare for her qualities as a young human being as
much as her dancing.  We were impressed by her well-written
letter, her dedication to the art and quick rise to the Premier
level, as well as her desire to earn her teaching certificate.
We are awarding her $500.00 towards  attending the Ohio
Scottish Arts School.
Sonoma Rushing of Cary, North Carolina is a 10-year-old
Highland Dancer. She started dancing  five years ago and
last year was the Southeast Regional Premier Champion for
her age level. She  says she likes dance because it “creates
friendships and tests physical ability.” She also has clear-cut  
short term  and long term goals. We were impressed by her
sweet handwritten letter. She wants the scholarship to attend
the School of Scottish Arts in North Carolina where she is
excited to learn dancing first aid!  We are awarding her
$500.00 toward attending the week-long camp at
Grandfather Mountain.

PS—Her 5th gg-grandmother is a Gordon! Welcome Home to
the House wee Gordon Goddess.
Gus Schnee of Charlotte, North Carolina is a 10-year-old
Highland Drummer and has recently advanced to the lead tip
position with the Queen City Juvenile Pipes & Drums! His
whole family is involved in piping and drumming and are
enthusiastic about the Scottish Arts. Gus has been taking
drum lessons with Mr. Andrew Hoinacki, lead drummer of the
City of Chicago  Pipe Band via Skype for over a year.  Gus
attended the North American Academy of Piping and
Drumming last year where he was recognized by John Quigg,
former lead drummer of the City of Washington Pipe Band,
as the best drummer of the week. We are awarding him
$500.00 toward returning the NAAPD in Valle Crucis, by
Grandfather Mountain.
Gemma Briggs of Clearwater, Florida (below front) is a 20-year-old piper and the current
Pipe Major of the College of Wooster Pipe Band. We were impressed with our 2015 recipient’
s dedication and goals in piping while maintaining her status on the Deans List with a 3.97
unweighted GPA in Neuroscience! We feel she is a great example to our younger recipients.
We are awarding Gemma a $250.00 grant.