Piping Hot Summer Drummer offers a number of full or partial scholarships to assist students attending the school. There are 23 scholarships available:

Louise Bentley Scholarship

Louise won the Andante drum in the 2017 PHSD tune-writing contest. As she already had a drum, she sold the drum and used the funds to provide Two separate 1-week scholarships to PHSD. These scholarships are available to any drummer under 21 traveling from outside of BC to attend PHSD.


Alan Bevan, Senior Memorial Scholarship

Alan Bevan Sr. was the husband of Pat Bevan and father of P/M Alan Bevan.  He was an enthusiastic supporter of Alan, the SFU Pipe Band and PHSD.  These are two – ½ scholarships provided by Pat Bevan.  They are available to any young piper, drummer or dancer.


Trent Donaldson Memorial Scholarship

Trent Donaldson was a piper and highland dancer from Seattle, WA. Although he started piping in his mid-30s, he grew up embracing his Scottish roots and culture.  Trent was an active member of the Stewart Highlanders Pipe Band and was very involved the Scottish cultural scene, especially in the Pacific Northwest.  Trent was very benevolent and generous, always one to offer help others at any opportunity to do so.  Unfortunately, he bravely fought but succumbed to cancer much too soon at age 54.  This scholarship is offered by his family in his honor. Trent fully embraced activities he loved and he would want to share not only the enthusiasm but that same opportunity with as many people as possible.  He lived and loved fully and this scholarship hopes to inspire the same in others.  These are TWO separate 1-week scholarships available to any piper or drummer.


Ebenezer Bagsqueezer Senior Scholarships

The “EBSS” is two separate one-week scholarships – one for a piper and the other for a drummer.  Kindly provided by Donn Pratt these scholarships are designed to help encourage any piper or drummer who taken up these instruments as adults.


Ian Ferguson Scholarship

Ian is an older student who will, in his next life, start to practice at a much earlier age.  That said, this scholarship for one week may be applied for by any young person interested in piping, drumming or dancing.


Rob Hansen Memorial Scholarship

In 2015 Portland Police Highland Guard Band suffered a tragic loss with the death of founding Drum Sergeant Robin Hansen. Rob was a decorated emergency 911 dispatcher and reserve deputy sheriff in Clackamas County Oregon. He was a devoted husband and dad. Rob had just retired from a most stressful career, soon to find out that he had pancreatic cancer.  Rob was a long-time drummer from a rock band to the passion of the Highland Guard bagpipe Band. "Drums nothing but drums" was a quote from him. This is a full one-week tuition scholarship available to any drummer. Preference given, but NOT limited to, the Portland Oregon Metro area applicants.


Charles Henry Memorial Scholarship

Charles (Charlie) Henry learned to play the bagpipes as a cadet with the Seaforth Highlanders before WWII.  After serving in WWII, Charlie played with various pipe band organizations, serving as Pipe Major for some, throughout British Columbia.  These are two, full one-week scholarship available to young pipers. 


Wallace Lee Memorial Scholarship
Wallace Lee was the father of Terry, Jack, Maureen and Moira and grandfather to the many Lee grandchildren.  Wallace was not a piper himself but became involved and was extremely encouraging to all his children and grandchildren.  At one point, all of the Lee children and grandchildren either piped, drummed or highland danced.  They all give credit to the encouragement and mentoring from Wallace Lee.  This is a one-week scholarship available to any young piper.


McErlean Mortgages Scholarship
McErlean Mortgages is owned and operated by Rachael McErlean, the daughter of Willie & Therese McErlean. Growing up, Rachael was surrounded by so many of her family members who were heavily involved in the pipe band world. As a child, Rachael competed and as a teenage enjoyed highland dancing and playing the tenor drum with the WSPB. She has a love of pipe band music and highland dancing. She wants to support and encourage others to participate in the Scottish Arts.
This scholarship is for any piper, drummer or dancer up to the age of 18 that needs financial assistant in order to attend.


Willie McErlean Memorial Scholarship
William McErlean had a life-long passion for drumming and over 60 years of dedication to the pipe band scene and he loved the SFUPB!

He started as a wee one in Scotland in the 30s Later in life he moved to the States and played in several bands; pipe band as well as jazz. During the 60’s he was the leading drummer of the City of San Francisco Pipe Band. He later moved to Vancouver and settled with the Triumph Street Pipe Band as lead drummer. He is well known for bringing the first band outside of the UK to win the Grade 1 World Drum Corps Championship in 1979. After retiring, he dedicated much of his time to teaching and adjudicating. He was a true believer in Practice makes Perfect! This one week scholarship is for any drummer up to the age of 18 who is competing or wants to compete, understands the importance of practice and needs some financial assistance in order to attend.


Archie Patterson Memorial Scholarship


Archie Patterson was a career soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces who served in two wars (WWII and Korea). He marched many a mile to the tunes of military pipers. This is a one-week tuition scholarship for a piping student. The scholarship is provided by one of his sons.


Sons of Scotland Scholarships

The Kildonan Camp of Sons of Scotland has kindly donated 6 – ½ scholarships to PHSD 2018. There will be 1 piping, 1 drumming and 1 dancing scholarship awarded each week. Recipients must be between 6 and 19 years of age.


Mary K. Stewart Scholarships

These two scholarships are kindly provided by Mary and Hugh Stewart.   Hugh Stewart is a PHSD piping student and Mary is a Management Consultant.  The Stewart’s know the joy that a young person discovers as she/he learns to play an instrument.  These are two full one-week scholarship available to young pipers.


Sutherland Family Scholarship

Over a 10-year period, 5 of the Sutherland family ranging over 3 generations attended Piping Hot Summer Drummer for Piping, Dancing and Fiddling. Through this Scholarship we express our gratitude to Jack and Terry Lee for all they have done to promote the Scottish Arts in Canada. We are offering this Scholarship to a young, hardworking piper enabling them to benefit from this exceptional experience.


Waugh Family Scholarship

This scholarship has been kindly by the Waugh family. Bob Waugh was a committed piper and Helen continues to be a great piping and drumming enthusiast. This is a full one-week tuition scholarship to PHSD for a piper or drummer. The successful recipient must be a young (under25) and talented competition piper or side drummer who has financial need to pursue his/her hobby of piping or drumming and who either works, teaches or plays gigs to raise money to support their musical hobby.


Winters Family Scholarship

The Winters have enjoyed attending PHSD at beautiful Silver Star resort annually with their 2 children – one piper and one drummer. They would like to encourage more young people from “south of the border” to attend in the future. This scholarship is a full one-week tuition scholarship for any young, American piper.


General Scholarship Fund

This fund exists because of the kind contributions of current and former Piping Hot Summer Drummer participants. These scholarships funds are available to any piper, drummer or highland dancer who wishes to attend to Piping Hot Summer Drummer. These are full or partial tuition-only scholarships.

Letters can be mailed to:

Piping Hot Summer Drummer

#1 - 3354 Horn Street

Abbotsford, BC V2S 7L3

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The deadline for scholarship applications is May 1, 2018.