Bob Blackie Scholarship at the 2020 TAC Summer School
July 26 - August 2, 2020
Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Bob Blackie influenced Scottish Country Dancing in North America in so many, 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 in the improvement of their dancing skills in an environment of great 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 full week of the Teachers' Association (Canada) Summer School. The scholarship must be used toward the cost of tuition, meals, and lodging for any given year's Summer School. In the event 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, and when she discovered it in junior high band, something clicked. This fall, she will be going to the University of Alberta to pursue a Bachelor of Music and returning to the Edmonton Youth Orchestra for a fifth year.
Since graduating from high school, Bronwen has been enjoying 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 provide an applicant meets all the criteria 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 a desire to improve his or her dancing skills;
- the dancer must have a commitment to maintain 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:
- a letter of application to the Teachers' Association (Canada) which addresses in detail each of the above five criteria.
- a letter of reference from at least one Scottish Country Dance teacher that addresses in detail each of the five criteria.
Please include the applicant's surname and the phrase 2020 Bob Blackie Application in the email subject line and in the file names of attachments.
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 which 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 the establishment of the scholarship as well as suitable biographical material on Bob Blackie.
After attending Summer School, the recipient shall send a report on his/her experience to the Teachers' Association (Canada) for publication in TACTalk.