Guidelines for

Atlanta Branch Memorial Fund

Endowed by Legacies from Bennett Hamer and Zoe McLaughlin
Administered by the Atlanta Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Inc.

The Fund is available to further the interest of Scottish Country Dancing in the Southeast and help perpetuate the aims of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, which are: 

"The objects of the Society shall be to advance the education of the public in traditional Scottish Country Dancing and in furtherance thereof:

  1. to preserve and further the practice of tradional Scottish Country Dancing;
  2. to provide, or assist in providing, special education or instruction in the practice of Scottish Country Dancing;
  3. to promote/publish by all available means information and music relating to Scottish Country Dancing and in particular to publish or cause to be published descriptions of Scottish Country Dances with music and diagrams in simple form and at moderate price;
  4. to collect books, manuscripts, illustrations and other memorabilia relating to Scottish Country Dancing and to the Society;
  5. generally to do such other things as are or may be considered by the Society to be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objects above stated or any of them."

Grants for a limited number of scholarships, as well as other projects to promote the continuity of Scottish Country Dancing, are provided from the legacy received from Bennett Hamer, funds received from the Zoe McLaughlin Fund, and any future donations from supporters of Scottish Country Dancing.
Scholarships may be requested for attendance at Atlanta Branch workshops, Thistle School, TAC Summer School, or RSCDS Summer/Winter/Youth School, including Youth Weekend West (held in Vancouver, BC, Canada).

  • Requests for Atlanta Branch events may be considered from those applicants who have actively participated in branch functions/events or those who are willing to volunteer with activities before, during, or after the event.
  • Branch members who have been members for a minimum of one year and a day will be considered for full scholarships. Non-members or more recent members will be considered for up to half the cost of the scheduled event.
  • Requests for non-Atlanta Branch events may be weighted to those applicants who have been actively involved in Scottish Country Dancing and are willing to pass on the benefits and knowledge gained from their training.
  • All funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis.
  • All requests and awards will be kept confidential.

Requests for other projects will be considered on a one-time basis and must benefit Scottish Country Dancing.
Any member of the Atlanta Branch may submit an application. All applications from non-members must be endorsed by a Branch member.
All applications should be sent to RSCDS Atlanta Branch, Inc., Post Office Box 1941, Marietta, GA 30061-1941 and will be reviewed by the Committee of Management with the assistance of Marshall McLaughlin at their monthly Board Meeting, the first Thursday of each month.