The objective of the OHDA Scholarship Fund is to promote highland dancing by
rewarding individual highland dancers with a cash scholarship award. These are
annual awards. The OHDA will publicly announce the winners at the OHDA's competition on April 29, 2017.
The application deadline is April 22, 2017.
Though it is intended and expected that the award will be used by the dancer to
further their dancing, there is no obligation to account for the money. The
dancer is requested to provide the OHDA a general account after the fact of how
the award helped their dancing endeavours.
Information submitted will be kept confidential within the Panel and documents
submitted to, or produced by, the Panel destroyed after the awards have been
made. Applicants should make and keep their own copy if they wish to conserve
the application. Some information will be extracted from the winners' profiles
to make the presentation and post on the website. The OHDA will be extremely
proud of the winners and will wish to make the reasons publicly known.
Commitment and desire to do highland dancing, e.g. as illustrated through hours
spent whether in practice or at competitions, or obstacles (physical,
financial, schedule, health etc.) that are being/have been overcome.
Spirit of sportsmanship and friendliness; can be supplemented by being
demonstrated in other activities: Guides, other sports, church.
Focus is to reward success and assist future achievement of competitive
Dancer must be in Intermediate or Premier.
Evaluation to place weight on the dancer's actual (heavier weight) or potential
success / achievement in competition. Some suggestions for documenting: list
competition or championship results; gives statistics on how many medals and
trophies won in career and especially more recently; provide exam and medal
test results; include testimonials or comments from dance teachers (names
please) which talk of skill and potential.
Focus is to recognize a dancer who exemplifies the love of dancing, fun and the
enjoyment of dancing for its own sake; competitive achievement is not relevant.
Some suggestions for documenting: stories and incidents; charity or
demonstration shows at churches, seniors homes, Canada Day; helping other
dancers; sunny & infectious personality; leading by example.
Dancer may be in any category from Beginner to Premier, and of any age.
OHDA Scholarship Applications
c/o Chelsea Champagne
13 Cedarbank Avenue,
Ottawa Ontario K2h6e9
postmarked, hand delivered or emailed no later than midnight, April 22, 2017.
For dancers who are applying for more than one scholarship, please complete one application for each scholarship and clearly indicate which scholarship each application is for.
Address the relevant key words for the specific scholarship: competitive
success; competitive potential; sportsmanship; friendliness; commitment;
desire; passion; fun; enrichment; hours spent.
Address the key words by providing examples that demonstrate the qualities or
actions in the applicant; give real situations that happened, explain the
circumstances; what did the applicant do or say; tell who was there and saw it
and can attest to it; provide references in case the panel wants to follow up
2001 - Grace MacAlear ($250)
2002 - Laura Novitsky ($250)
2003 - Kristen Keane ($200)
2004 - Chelsea Champagne ($200)
2005 - Madison Norton ($200)
2006 - Emily Keenan ($200)
2007 - Lisa Manouchehri ($200)
2008 - Claire Boteler ($200)
2009 - Taraneh Krispil ($200)
2010 - Sara Bruce ($200)
2011 - Haley Yerxa ($200)
2012 - Alessandra Bruce-Fuoco ($200)
2013 - Madison Starnes ($200)
2014 - Sonia Mae Jason Byerley ($225)
2015 - Sarah Millar($250)
2016 - Jessica Nash ($250) and runner up Caitlin Allo ($100)
Margaret Anderson Rowell Scholarship
2002 - Mary Ellen Maier ($300)
2003 - Logan Green (Scholarship 1 - $100 for Pre-Premier Dancer)
2003 - Erin Mansfield (Scholarship 2 - $200 for Premier Dancer)
2004 - Hope Wilson (Scholarship 1 - $100 for Pre-Premier Dancer)
2004 - Kristen McNaule (Scholarship 2 - $200 for Premier Dancer)