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James L. Award

Amount:  Up to $1,000
Deadline: April 15
Recipient: Canadian Premier Highland Dancer
Presentation: At the ScotDance Canada Championship Series

How to Apply:

James L Mckenzie Scholarship Dancer Application 2020

Scholarship Recipients 1996-2018

Scholarship Events:

2020 Event list coming soon


History of the James L. McKenzie Memorial Fund

This fund was set up to honour Mr. James L. McKenzie, of Aberdeen Scotland.  Mr. McKenzie was instrumental in introducing to, and developing in Canada the techniques of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing.

The intent of the fund is to assist in the development of a promising dancer who displays not only the competitive spirit, but community spirit, as well as a love and enjoyment of, and dedication to Highland Dance. While competitive achievements will certainly be considered, other factors will also weigh heavily in the selection process. Guidelines for the award have been set to give dancers equal opportunity to win the award.

Monies for this fund are acquired through donations (provincial or personal). As well, 1% of all ScotDance Canada’s portion of dancer registrations collected is allocated to this fund.

Award Criteria:

  • The Award is open to REGISTERED PREMIER dancers ONLY.
  • All applicants must perform the dance (six steps) at a competition to be designated by the Provincial ScotDance Canada Affiliate.
  • The award money should be used to further highland dance commitment (e.g.: attending workshops, travelling to competitions, highland dance instruction, new dance outfits, etc).
  • Former winners of this scholarship are not eligible.

See official application form for complete details.