St. Andrew’s Society Foundation, Inc.
The St. Andrew’s Society Foundation is a 501C3 non-profit corporation established in 1963 for the purpose of carrying on the educational and benevolent activities of the Society. As stated in its original charter, “the purposes for which the Corporation is formed are to engage in and carry on exclusively one or more charitable, educational, scientific or religious activities…”
Toward the end of the twentieth century, the Society increasingly emphasized the promotion of Scottish culture rather than what had been its primary role of being a benevolent society. This trend might be expected to continue as publicly funded social-welfare programs and private insurance supplant private benevolence as the primary sources of aid to those less fortunate members of society.
SCOTTISH CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
The Foundation is a major contributor to the U.S. Piping Foundation that holds both amateur and professional bagpipe competitions on the third Saturday in June at the University of Delaware’s Amy E. du Pont Music Building. It also sponsors the Challenge Charger Award to the winner of the Professional March, Strathspey, and Reel Competition. The Foundation also supports the Colonial Highland Gathering held on the third Saturday in May at Fair Hill Race Track by the Scottish Games Association of Delaware.
SCOTTISH EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
Past President’s Scholarships are awarded to graduating High School Seniors with grade point averages of 3.0 or higher and who will be attending four year colleges or universities. Preference is shown to students from the city and counties surrounding Baltimore and the applicants must show lineal Scottish ancestry.
Upon the approval of the Benevolence Committee, members in tough financial circumstances have had assistance with medical, dental, and counseling bills, hearing aids, teeth, and even burial plots. These are all anonymous and payment is made not to the individual but rather to the one owed the money.