The OHDA Scholarship Fund aims to promote Highland dancing by rewarding individual dancers with a cash scholarship award. These annual awards are announced at the OHDA’s spring competition. In order to the eligible for these scholarships, the following is required

  • Dancer/Family must be a current paid-up member of the OHDA
  • Dancer must have danced in at least two of the OHDA’S events in the preceeding 12 months prior to the application deadline.

​ ***Note there are no restrictions on place of residence, and repeat winners are allowed but not in consecutive years***

Evaluation Criteria for all scholarships (in order of importance, after the primary purpose of each scholarship)

  • 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.

Content of application

  • 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 something.

Application & Selection Process

  • Dancers or their family may self-apply or someone may nominate on their behalf.
  • The onus for justification lies with the applicant/nominator, not the selection Panel.
  • The selection Panel is at liberty to make enquiries as it sees fit, to verify information submitted or gather additional information and the dancer/parent must agree to allow this.
  • No personal interview between candidates and the panel is planned, though the Panel may contact applicants if it wishes.
  • Selection Panel’s decision is final.

Selection Panel

  • The winners will be selected by a panel of 3 people: 2 professional (teachers) and a parent.
  • Students may apply if their teacher is on the selection panel; there are no restrictions on the Panel members evaluating their own students.


  • 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.