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Congratulations to the recipients of the grants awarded for the academic year 2015-2016.

1. The St. Andrew’s Society Founders’ Prize, established in honor of our Society’s 250 years of Tradition, Culture, Fraternity and Service and made possible by generous donations in the name of James & Mary Dawson and Donald Malcolm MacArthur, for an outstanding Scottish or Scottish-American scholar, is awarded in the amount of $10,000 to Ms. Jamie M. Hudson. From Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Ms. Hudson is an alumna of Lehigh University, from which she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Ms. Hudson is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering and Mechanics in a joint degree program at Scotland’s famous Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, both well known for their history of excellence in the field of structural engineering. Her intent is to pursue advanced degrees, conducting research into the unique stresses associated with climate change on historical structures in order to develop new methods for their preservation; after which she looks forward to being in a position to maintain, explore and advance the state of the art in preserving the historical structures of Scotland, Britain and Europe which have always inspired her.

2. A St. Andrew’s Scholarship is awarded in the amount of $10,000 to Mr. John M. Knipe of Falls Church, Virginia. A Master of Education, Mr. Knipe has degrees from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC and Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. Jack has presented at academic conferences convened by the Comparative and International Education Society, the Second Language Acquisition Research Forum and the International Association for the Improvement of Mother Tongue Education. He is currently pursuing a PhD in International Education and Linguistics at Fairfax, Virginia’s George Mason University, and will spend the coming year preparing his dissertation, conducting sociolinguistic research in Scottish schools on teachers’ language attitudes and language ideologies as they relate to Scotland’s three autochthonous languages (Scottish Gaelic, Scots, and English).

3. A St. Andrew’s Scholarship is awarded in the amount of $2,000 to Mr. Alexander F. Crawford of Manassas, Virginia, continuing his PhD in Mediæval History at the University of Aberdeen. A graduate cum laude of Ave Maria University in Florida, and having recently achieved his MLitt (Master of Letters) degree in Mediæval and Early Modern History from the University of Aberdeen, Mr. Crawford is preparing for an academic career and is researching the period of the Scottish Wars of Independence, exploring how the evolving Anglo-Scottish relationship affected the formation of modern Scotland

4. The Donald Macleay Memorial Scottish Music Scholarship is awarded in the amount of $625 to Mr. Everest Gromoll, a Junior pursuing an International Baccalaureate diploma at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia. The leadership of the Society’s Pipes & Drums commend Mr. Gromoll as a remarkably talented young piper and very enthusiastic student. He will be attending the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming this summer in Valle Cruces, North Carolina.