The Bob Blackie Scholarship
Bob Blackie (1935-1998) influenced Scottish Country Dancing in North America in many ways. He was committed to excellence in teaching and, through that, the promotion of excellence in dancing at whatever level. He was committed to and deeply loved and supported the Teachers' Association (Canada). During his term as Chairman, he took a leadership role in starting the Teachers' Association (Canada) Summer School - a school that every year encourages dancers of all levels of expertise to improve their dancing skills in an environment of excellent teaching, fine music, and wonderful camaraderie.
Scope and Purpose:
In his memory, longtime friend Ed Jones established the Bob Blackie Memorial Endowment to provide, as far as possible, a full scholarship annually to a Scottish Country Dancer to enable the dancer to attend a whole week of the Teachers' Association (Canada) Summer School. The scholarship must be used for tuition, meals, and lodging for any year's Summer School. The interest produced by the Bob Blackie Memorial Endowment becomes sufficient; the award may also be applied toward travel costs for the recipient.
2019 Bob Blackie Scholar
Bronwen Taylor, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Bronwen Taylor has been an avid Scottish country dancer for the past ten years under the mentorship of Bernadette Thill, Louise McGillivray, Barbara Johnston, and Irene Townsend. Dance, as well as soccer, has been a constant in her life ever since she was little.
Bronwen also loves to play the French horn; something clicked when she discovered it in the junior high band. This fall, she will go to the University of Alberta to pursue a Bachelor of Music and return to the Edmonton Youth Orchestra for the fifth year.
Since graduating from high school, Bronwen has enjoyed work at Totem Outdoor Outfitters in Edmonton and all the sport-related adventures it entails. Despite her varied interests, Bronwen plans to continue dancing for as long as she can and enjoy all the friends she makes along the way.
Recent Bob Blackie Scholars
2018 Jean Stewart Hundley, San Diego, USA
2017 Heather Fawkes, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
2016 Louise Kropinski, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
2016 Annie Sapucaia, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2015 Janet Peterson, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA
2013 Maggie Faber, Colorado, USA
2012 Chandi McCracken, Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA
2012 Arthur Baum
Criteria for Selection:
Based on the following criteria, an award will be made each year provided the applicant meets all the requirements listed:
- the dancer must have participated in Scottish Country Dancing for at least two years;
- the dancer must have demonstrated a genuine love of and interest in Scottish Country Dancing;
- the dancer must have the desire to improve their dancing skills;
- the dancer must commit to maintaining the best in Scottish Country Dancing;
- preference will be given to a dancer with a demonstrated financial need.
- This scholarship is not available to those who have attained any level of their SCD teaching certification.
A dancer may apply for the Bob Blackie Memorial Scholarship by submitting the following:
- a letter of application to the Teachers' Association (Canada) that addresses all of the above five criteria. in detail
- a letter of reference from at least one Scottish Country Dance teacher that addresses each of the five criteria. in detail
The selection of the scholarship recipient shall be made by a committee consisting of the Teachers' Association (Canada) Chairman, vice-chairman, past Chairman, treasurer, and Summer Events director, who shall review all applications received by the deadline. The scholarship shall be presented to the recipient as a pre-paid scholarship (i.e., waiver of tuition, meals, lodging, etc.). At this time, the recipient shall receive background information on establishing the scholarships and suitable biographical material on Bob Blackie.
After attending Summer School, the recipient shall send a report on their experience to the Teachers' Association (Canada) for publication in TACTalk.