Awards and Grants

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Our commitment...

 

The Society sponsors educational awards for students at Glasgow and St Andrews Universities; a piping award at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland / National Piping Centre in Glasgow; a genealogy and DNA project; the preservation of historic MacGregor grave stones at Dalmally; and archaeological digs near Loch Awe and Loch Lomond. It also continues the founding principle of helping MacGregors in need, whether members or not.

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We offer...

 

The Clan Gregor Society Prize

The Clan Gregor Scholarship

The Piping Scholarship 

The Druim a' Charraigh Quaich

The Clan Gregor Society Prize

The Clan Gregor Society is delighted to offer a prize for the benefit of University of Glasgow new entrants decending from Clan Gregor.  It also provides free membership in the Society to a selected number of students each year.

 

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The Society makes an annual gift of £500 to support the award.

 

The Society Award is:

 

  • known as The Clan Gregor Society Prize

  • awarded each year to new entrants to the University of Glasgow who are descendants of Clan Gregor

  • open to both undergraduate and postgraduate entrants who have confirmed their place at the University

  • awarded based on academic excellence and / or financial need evidenced through a submitted application form and support documentation

  • funded through an annual gift of £500 from the Clan Gregor Society.

 

The selected recipient will also be granted free membership of the Society for a given period.

Criteria

  • All students considered for the award must descend from Clan Gregor. This permits students with the surname or proof of ancestral lineage to Grigor, Gregor, MacGregor, McGrigor and McGregor, to be eligible for the award. 

  • All eligible new entrants to the University will be notified of the award and encouraged to apply. 

  • The recipient of the award will be selected based on a written application summarising their academic accomplishments and financial needs.

  • The winner will be selected by a panel of University of Glasgow staff.

  • The Prize will be awarded to one student per year. 

  • A student cannot re-apply if they have previously received the award.

  • In the event of no suitable candidate being identified in any year, no award will be made and funds for that year will carry over for the award in a future year.

  • The Prize will be advertised on the University’s scholarships web pages to encourage applications. The terms of the prize will be reviewed on an annual basis.

 

Requirement for Award Winners

All students awarded The Clan Gregor Society Prize will be asked to submit a short letter of thanks to the Development and Alumni Office for onward transmission to the members of the Society for publication in the Society newsletter.

 

The Society invites the successful award holder to attend the Gathering at the Lochearnhead Highland Games in order to be presented with a certificate to commemorate their achievement of being selected for the award.

 

The Clan Gregor Society looks forward to a long and production relationship with the University of Glasgow and trusts that this prize will bring lasting benefits to students and Society members alike.

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The Piping Scholarship 

The Society is pleased to offer an award, known as the Piping Scholarship, for the benefit of pipers studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland School of Piping.

The Scholarship is in the sum of £500 per annum and will normally be awarded to one student for two years duration.

 

The award holder will be required to act as the official piper to Clan Gregor and attend the Society’s Annual Gathering Weekend in July each year, to play at the Lochearnhead Highland Games, the Annual Dinner thereafter and at the beginning and end of the annual commemoration service usually held at Balquhidder Kirk on the Sunday.

 

The Scholarship holder should be able to play pipe music with connections to Clan Gregor as well as appropriate traditional music of Scotland.  There may be a request to play on the day before Lochearnhead and some variation of these arrangements will take place when the Society hosts an International Clan Gathering in 2022.  

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BRADLEY PARKER

Our first Scholarship recipient!

The Society is delighted to announce that Bradley Parker has been selected on our behalf by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland School of Piping as the first recipient of the Piping Scholarship.

Bradley is from Portavogie, Northern Ireland, and begun his piping career at the age of five under the guidance of the late Freddie Russell and the Kirkstown Pipe Band.  He has since then accumulated 17 years worth of piping experience at a plethora of venues, social events and competitions both as a soloist and band member.  He began tuition with John Wilson in 2010 and has performed at venues including the 'House of Commons' in London, RDS in Dublin as well as events such as the Glastonbury Music Festival and the 'Festival D'Ambert' in France.

In 2014 he successfully auditioned for the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band to learn under the direction of PM Richard Parkes MBE, and also started a BMus in traditional piping at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2017.  Bradley was awarded Northern Ireland's Young Musician of the Year in 2012, the Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust 2019 Winner and was part of the Grade 1 World Pipe Band championship with the Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band wins in 2014, 2016 and 2018.  He recently won the BBC's Scottish Traditional Young Musician award for 2021.

Bradley enjoys playing football for Portavogie F.C. and 5-a-side leagues during his study time in Glasgow.  He intends to pursue a career in teaching music and performing!

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Contact us and apply!

 

Details of the above awards can be obtained from the relevant institution or from the Clan Gregor Society Secretary, enquiries@clangregor.org

The Druim a' Charraigh Quaich

The Druim a' Charraigh Quaich is presented by the Society annually to the winner of the Piobaireachd competition at the Balquidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Highland Games.

 

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Sir Malcolm MacGregor presenting Dr Peter McCalister with the Druim a'Charraich Quaich

in 2018