Alma College awards Scottish Arts Scholarships to students with a demonstrated high level of skills in highland dancing, drumming, fiddling or piping.
The scholarship amount ranges from $1,500 for freshmen and sophomores to up to $2,500 for upperclassmen, depending on faculty evaluations.
“I have been able to share my talent with classmates, which I never had been able to do before. The Scottish Arts are incorporated into everyday living at Alma, which is something that isn’t seen very often,” says Allison Gibson, a Scottish Highland Dancer who has been dancing for about 10 years, winning two championships.
There is also a Distinguished Scottish Arts Scholarship for students who demonstrate exemplary performance in these areas.
“Alma College attracts dancers mostly because of the history of champions that it produces,” says Gibson. “It was very exciting for me that I could receive a scholarship to continue with something I love.”
Laurel Tilot has been playing the bagpipes for three years, becoming interested after attending the Alma Highland Festival with her family.
“The scholarship allows me to meet new people that play pipes. That’s something that I wasn’t able to find in Saginaw,” the sophomore says.