Scots’ Charitable Society / Woman’s Auxiliary Scholarship Awards

The joint Scholarship Committee of the Scots’ Charitable Society and the Woman’s Auxiliary have concluded their review of candidates for undergraduate scholarships for the academic year 2020 – 2021.  We are pleased to announce that scholarships are being awarded to 32 candidates who have sent in completed applications and attended (via Zoom) interviews with the Committee.   The total amount given by the two organizations is $82,500.  Normally, these awards would be presented at our annual awards ceremony, but unfortunately that ceremony had to be cancelled this year due to the COVID Pandemic. Still, we want to publicly honor those students who have demonstrated scholarship, writing ability, and community service and to wish them well in their future studies. 

In addition to “basic” scholarships, the committee is awarding a number of special awards in specific fields:  The MacPherson Award for an engineering student, the Lockhart Award for a student athlete, the McCall-Nichol Award for the best essay, the MacLeod Award for a student in the creative or performing arts, and two awards from the Daughters of Scotia’s Victory Lodge to a male and female student in the health field. We are proud to be able to support these students from schools as near as the University of Massachusetts and as far away as Edinburgh University.

Founded in 1657, the Scots’ Charitable Society is the oldest secular charitable organization in the Western Hemisphere, and was originally charged with providing aid to fellow Scots in the Massachusetts Bay Colony who were indigent or in poor health. As the social safety net expanded, the number of such needy Scots and descendants of Scots declined, and the Society changed its primary focus and in 1942 began providing undergraduate scholarships to students of Scottish descent living in the six New England states. 

The Woman’s Auxiliary Board of the Scots’ Charitable Society was founded in 1876 to aid in the work of the Scots’ Charitable Society.  Originally, its members directed the domestic affairs of the Scots’ Temporary Home located on Camden Street in Boston.  The home was established “for the purpose of giving shelter to our needy countrymen, who may be either in distress or perplexity.  Where they may remain for a short time before proceeding on their journeyor obtaining situations here.” It is noteworthy that in 1882, the Superintendent of the home was John Quincy Adams II with assistance from his wife, Frances. Like the Scots’ Charitable Society, the organization focused on relief given to women and children of Scottish descent in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; but now the Woman’s Auxiliary provides scholarships to students of Scottish descent in the six New England states.

Both organizations welcome new members intent on continuing the tradition of Scots helping Scots.

Application forms for the 2021 – 2022 school year will be posted on the Society’s web site, https://scots-charitable.org in January, 2021.