A Scholarship Fund for Grade 12 students in the Halifax Regional Municipality

Established: 2009burns-lodge-no-10-legacy-fund

Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard, was born in 1759 near the town of Ayr in western Scotland, the son of a tenant farmer. In those years, young Burns lived close to the land and Scottish traditions, moving to a farm near Tarbolton when he was 18. It was there that Rabbie became a Mason, being initiated into Lodge St. David Tarbolton on July 4, 1781. He was passed and raised in the Lodge on the 1st of October that year.

Robert Burns became a renowned Scottish poet and lyricist whose work forever influenced Scottish literature. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is also regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and, after his death at the age of 37 in 1796, he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism. Today, Robert Burns is considered a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world. In 2009, he was voted by the Scottish public as being the Greatest Scot.

This Fund was established by members of Burns Lodge No. 10 (AFAM) to honour Robert Burns’ legacy in New Scotland (Nova Scotia) and to help local students pursue post-secondary education.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality, in Grade 12 and planning on pursuing post-secondary educational studies in Atlantic Canada.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be adjudicated upon the basis of their scholastic achievement, community involvement, athletic accomplishments and financial need.

Award Frequency

Typically scholarships will be awarded annually. However, the Donor reserves the right to award scholarships on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and the Foundation permit.

The deadline for applications is April 30th.