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 will open January 1, 2017. Applications must be
    received no later than March 20, 2017. Announcement to be made no
    later than April 3, 2017.

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


    Destiny Swainston is a 15-year-old Highland Dancer from Dunedin,
    Florida. She and her sister live with their grandmother, Ruth
    Gordan Alber, who makes all of her dance outfits! She started
    dancing in 7th grade as Highland Dance is offered at her middle
    school. She says, “Dancing for me isn't simply about competing or
    even being the best. I dance because it truly is my passion. I enjoy
    every moment of it.” She has been honing her skill with lessons
    and competitions and will be moving up to Premiere competition
    this summer.  Costs have added up and if it weren’t for Ruth’s
    skills as a seamstress it would be nearly impossible. We have
    awarded her a $500.00 grant to attend a dance workshop, and wish
    her the best of luck in her competition year!

    Isabel Friedrichs, is a 15-year-old Highland Dancer from
    Escondido, California who has garnered inspiration from family
    stories of her Great-grandmother Mary Laing’s strong character
    and determination when she came to the USA from Scotland. That
    same determination has her setting the goal of competing in the
    World Highland Dance Championships in Scotland this year. It also
    shows in the fact that she has achieved a 4.0 GPA, and is an
    accomplished violinist with the Youth Philharmonic Symphony,
    being named to the California Scholarship Association, and being
    named as Student of the Year at The Classical Academy of
    Escondido!  We have awarded Isabel with a $400.00 grant toward
    her goals. We hope for all the best in her coming year!

Congratulations to both of these wonderful young ladies! We hope to see great things from you
in the future as you continue on your life paths. We hope that future young dancers will be
inspired by you as you have been inspired by those who came before you.

    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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