MARY CARMICHAEL FUND
Many local education authorities
and some individual schools will offer financial assistance for the SScOT
summer course, but SScOT also has its own bursary fund, the Mary
Carmichael Fund, which is designed to ensure that nobody is unable to
attend purely for financial reasons.
Mary Carmichael was the
Director of SScOT from its inception in 1984 until her untimely
death from cancer in August 1998. She left SScOT a generous bequest which
has been used as the basis for a fund which enables us to offer a number of
bursaries each year for children to attend the summer course, as well as helping
us to commission occasional new works.
The staff/pupil ratio on the
courses is high, and all staff are residential and fully involved throughout the
week. All staff play a pastoral role, as well as a musical or recreational one,
so there is plenty of supervision of children at all times. Of necessity, this
means that the fees are quite high - currently over £400 for the week.
Applications to the Mary
Carmichael Fund should include:-
A completed application form for the
course plus deposit, a stamped addressed envelope and a photo as requested
on the form. In the event of an applicant being unable to attend
the course due to an insufficient bursary being offered, the deposit
will be returned in full.
A letter from the parent/guardian
outlining the reasons for applying for a bursary and detailing any financial
support they anticipate receiving from any other source.
A letter from the head teacher of
the child’s school
confirming whether they, or their local education authority, are able to
offer financial assistance, and confirming that they feel that the child
would benefit from, and contribute to, the course.
Bursaries will be awarded purely on the basis of financial need, and
each application will be considered on an individual basis.
All applications for a
bursary should be sent to Kate Whitlock at the above address. The
deadline for receipt of applications for bursaries is normally March 31st each year. Applicants will be
notified of the outcome of their application during April.
Kate Whitlock is happy to
discuss individual situations and to advise on possible support from local
authorities or elsewhere.
Further donations to
the Mary Carmichael Fund would be gratefully received, and can be made by sending a
to SScOT, to Kate Whitlock at the above address, from whom Gift Aid Declaration Forms are available for tax
payers who would like to increase the value of their donation.