House of Gordon

Scholarship Recipients

Here are the Charles O. Gordon Memorial Scholarship Recipients for 2019! Congratulations!

Audrey Trawick

Audrey Trawick of New Port Richey, Florida

Audrey is a 16-year-old Highland Dancer who started dancing just a little over three years ago in the Spokane, Washington area. She has competed all over the Pacific Northwest as well as Canada BC and Canada AB, before moving to Florida. Audrey has also since competed along the East Coast. She is described by her teachers as a natural for both her dancing and 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 this scholarship recipient with $500.00 towards attending the Ohio Scottish Arts School.

Sonoma Rushing

Sonoma Rushing of Cary, North Carolin


Sonoma 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. Sonoma says she likes dance because it “creates friendships and tests physical ability”. She also has clear-cut short term  and long term goals. Sonoma impressed us with her sweet handwritten letter. Sonoma wants the scholarship in order to attend the School of Scottish Arts in North Carolina where she is excited to learn dancing first aid!

The House of Gordon USA is 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

Gus Schnee of Charlotte, North Carolina


Gus is a 10-year-old Highland Drummer and has recently advanced to the lead tip position with the Queen City Juvenile Pipes & Drums! Gus’s whole family has been 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. Last year he attended the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming where he was recognized as the best drummer of the week by John Quigg, former lead drummer of the City of Washington Pipe Band.

We are awarding this scholarship recipient with $500.00 toward returning the NAAPD in Valle Crucis, by Grandfather Mountain. 

Gemma Briggs

Gemma Briggs of Clearwater, Florida


Gemma (front and center) 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 also 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.

The House of Gordon USA is awarding Gemma a $250.00 grant.

Charles O. Gordon Memorial Grade 4 Junior Piper of the Day Award

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!


The Epic Project Scholarship Recipient for 2019! Congratulations!

Kevin Darmadi

Kevin Darmadi of Texas

Kevin is a young piper with the St. Thomas Episcopal High School in Houston, TX. He loves sports, especially skiing and he also plays the violin. His aspirations include winning the World Championship.

Kevin will be wearing the Red Gordon weathered tartan! The House of Gordon USA is proud to sponsor this young man through The Epic Project in his journey towards excellence in the Great Highland Bagpipes.

This year’s gifting ceremony will be held at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games during the House of Gordon’s AGM. We look forward to hosting Kevin throughout the festival.