CLAN GREGOR SOCIETY CANADA SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
The Canada Chapter of the Clan Gregor Society has established a partnership with the Rob Roy Pipe Band named after our most famous clansman. Founded in Scotland in 1822, The Clan Gregor Society is one of the oldest Clan societies. It was established for the purpose of helping to educate the disadvantaged youth of the time. Today we honour this tradition by providing financial assistance topersons studying piping, drumming or highland dancing. This scholarship isawardedin keepingour founding principles.
A list of candidate students recommended by the Pipe Major and Band Executive was presented to the Society for review. After consideration by a committee of MacGregors the following recipient was selected by majority vote. It gives me great pleasure to present this award tonight to Madison Westcott.
Madison is a Grade 12 Honour Roll student, an actively competing Premier Highland Dancer and a Tenor Drummer in Rob Roy's Grade 5 Pipe Band. She is a dedicated member of the Rob Roy Pipe Band and Highland Dancers performing group who has excelled in the art of Highland Dance, both as a longstanding student and recently, as an assistant instructor who teaches and inspires young beginning dancers.The Clan Gregor selection committee added the following comments.
We are in agreement that Madison Westcott should be the recipient. It certainly requires a great deal of sacrifice and devotion to be a full time student and active in both dancing and drumming at the same time. Our final decision is to honour Madison’s efforts and accomplishments with this award. We agree she must be a remarkable young lady.She is maintaining an honour roll position in grade 12 along with participation in not one, but two aspects of the group, dance and band. Her time must be very full between studies, practice and performances. On top of this, and most important, she finds time to be an assistant instructor and pass on her passion to a younger generation. This is one of the most important things that any of us can do with our lives and she is doing it from such an early age.
Wayne MacGregor Parker, January 27th, 2018
Dear Mr. MacGregor Parker
Thank you again, for the generosity and kindness that the Clan Gregor Society has shown in acknowledging young people for their involvement and participation in the highland arts. Madison has thoroughly enjoyed her time with the Rob Roy Pipe Band and Highland dancers, and is nothing but pleased to pass on her knowledge to others. She is what you would call a member for life. We are all very proud indeed to wear the MacGregor tartan!
She will be promptly depositing the funds into her registered education savings plan, as she prepares for university, and your contribution to her education is a valuable asset in continuing her growth in seeking higher knowledge. Please pass on our sincere gratitude to all those who were involved in the decision making, this was a very special moment for Madison that she will treasure for a long time.
I've attached two photos from the Robbie Burns dinner if you would like to include them in your newsletter. I would also like to add the pictures on our Rob Roy Pipe Band and Highland Dancers social media if you are agreeable to us using your image. If you have a website address you could send me, I could link it on the posting.
If you get a chance, check out the latest issue of Our Canada magazine Feb/Mar on page 54. Madison recently had an article published combining her Scottish heritage with her love of creative writing. You may find it an interesting read.
Thank you again for your continued support of the Rob Roy Pipe Band.
Meredith Westcott & Madison Westcott