Responses to our Scholarships

Erica Milner 2020

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Dear Clan Henderson,

     I would like to take the time to express my appreciation for the reward of the academic scholarship.  that scholarship will be used to further my education and fulfill my dream of becoming a health care professional.  I will take my MCAT exam in January and apply to medical school shortly after.  These funds mean a lot to me and are greatly appreciated.  Thank you all ver much.


                          Erica Milner

Beret Dernbach, 2020

Jul 15, 2020

Dear Mark,

     This is Allison (Hendry) Dernbach - Beret's Mum.....I would like to thank you personally for the generous scholarship Clan Henderson has awarded Beret again this year!!

     As the person responsible for the costs of her dancing endeavors, I would like to let you and everyone in the clan know how much this gift is appreciated by myself, as well as Beret!!!

     I have been encouraging Beret more and more in the past couple of years to take over increasing responsibility in her applications for scholarships, and it has served her greatly in this past year with her college applications!  With family, however, I would also like to say how much this means to me personally!

     We are looking forward to the next competition that will actually be held, and Beret will be there, no matter where it happens!  Highland dancing is such a huge focus of Beret's life, and therefore my own too!  She is looking to win another world championship, and has not let up one bit on her daily commitment at home, despite there currently being no venue for her to feel rewarded by the hard daily work.....I am impressed at her dedication, and think she is going to be in a great place to accomplish her future goals, as there are probably very few dancers who have not taken this opportunity to slack off a bit - Beret is definitely not one of them! 

     I hope all of you in the clan are staying healthy, strong, and sane!!  It's a difficult time, but this too shall pass, and we will be together again, appreciating our kin all the more for the time we have had to be separated!

All the Best to You, Yours, and Ours!

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Audrey Trawick

Hello Clan Members, Organizations, & Scholarship committee members,


I am very happy to announce yesterday 8/19/2020 at 10:30 am, that I had the opportunity to take my Highland Dance Membership Exam!!!!!


It was a very exciting process as it was scheduled to be given online with a Highland Dance Adjudicator. I will be happy to tell you all about it in my scholarship letter to you. Along with the many other informative updates regarding the opportunities given to me this summer due to your generous scholarship contributions.


I just wanted to express my sincerest thanks once again and I promise to keep you posted when my receive my Exam results in approx. 8-10 weeks from Scotland.


Kindest regards,

Audrey Trawick

Associate HD Instructor, TBHD 

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One of our scholarship recipients.  Quite a young lady.

Dear Clan Members and Scholarship Committees,


Greetings to everyone, I hope you are finding yourselves and all your members healthy and well. With so much uncertainty in the world right now regarding COVID-19 it is easy to feel unsettled. And with so many of our community events being canceled it can feel very discouraging at this time.


However, I hope to brighten you day a bit. I wanted to tell you about my community and some of the things we are doing to stay proactive. I belong to a dance company out of Clearwater Florida, we are the Tampa Bay Highland Dancers. And my teacher Mrs. Elizabeth Constanine has moved our classes online for now.  


It is very exciting that she has found a way to keep us dancing through all these uncharted waters. I have even taken it a few steps further by reaching out to friends that I have made around the globe in places like Spokane WA, Eastern Canada, Scotland, and Dunedin Florida; to see if there is anyone in need of an online practice buddy. 


It can be very hard for parents to motivate their kids to practice and I thought I might put a shout-out on FB to see if there is anyone in need of a dance friend to socialize with, exercise with, practice dancing, or for my older peers; perhaps study for any upcoming highland dance exams they are planning to take in the future.


I know this isn't ideally what anyone had in mind for the 2020 Scottish highland dance season, but I hope it helps to keep people practicing, encourages socialization both inside and outside of our normal communities, and helps give people something to look forward to when we can continue with our scheduled events as normal.


I hope this message finds you all in good health. I am praying that our Nation can resolve this issue quickly and that we can all help support each other through these difficult times. I want you all to know that my goals are still the same, they have not changed and I will continue to work toward them even if that means through online instruction with my team of teachers during this time of social distancing.


I want to thank you all for your support and I will continue to update you on my progress. Stay safe and please continue to practice your social distancing skills.



Audrey Trawick

P.s. In the mean time please enjoy some of the artwork that I have been working on when I'm not busy dancing.

Sebastian Arguellis

Noah Schnee

Hello Scholarship community members and organizations, 


My plan originally was to update everyone this month on how my studies are going, and to make another short video on what I'm currently learning, I hope you don't mind but I took some time this week instead to produce a Scottish Tribute to the recent Fallen 13 soldiers in Afghanistan, honoring all those in the Iraq war who also sacrificed their lives as well.  


As a Scottish community members, I can't help but feel the importance of honoring our Veterans, our Soldiers, and the Fallen for their sacrifices and for their service. My grandfather Richard Schaeffer was drafted and served several years in the Untied Stated Army. My great Uncle's in the Navy and Air force. My Uncle Ryan Schaeffer in the US Marine Corps actually served several years in Iraq and in Afghanistan during his service. He was part of the platoon that helped rescue the female soldier that was taken prisoner during the Iraqi war. 


I have a tremendous amount of respect for all those who serve, have served in the past, and will serve in the future. I hope everyone will take some time to view my video with the upmost respect. Feel free to share my video as you like. And although I am not in the military, I hope my video will be perceived with the most honorable of intentions from my Scottish heart.  



Stacey and Audrey Trawick 


A Scottish Tribute 

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My studies are in fact going well. Thank you all again very much for your support.