Bursaries and Awards

Mary MacKinnon Memorial Service Award August 31, 2017 2017 Form + Rules for Nomination
BCPA Bursary May 7 (first opportunity)
November 5 (second opportunity)
2016 Form & Application Rules
BCPA Development Grants not currently offered

Mary MacKinnon Memorial Service Award

Mary MacKinnon Annual Dinner 2004 (BW 300dpi)This BC Pipers’ Association award is presented each year by members of Mary MacKinnon’s family to a person within the BCPA jurisdiction (BC, Washington and Oregon) who over several years champions advancement and excellence in the:

  • administration of piping, drumming and pipe band associations or competitions
  • promotion of piping and drumming to the general community
  • organization of non-competitive piping, drumming and pipe band activities and events

The award recipient will receive from the BCPA a keeper plaque, a perpetual shield for the year, and a $150 contribution toward the piping/drumming/pipe band organization they support.

Please note that current officers of the BC Pipers’ Association are not eligible for nomination.

BCPA Bursaries

The purpose of the BCPA Bursaries is to provide direct support to a piper, drummer, or drum major to advance their playing skills at a piping/drumming summer/winter school or through a defined program of regular solo or band instruction.

Darleen Milloy Memorial Bursary

The Darleen Milloy Memorial Bursary is in honour of Darleen Milloy (nee Miharija) , 1987 winner of the BCPA MacCrimmon Memorial Cairn and the first BCPA member to win the Silver Medal in Scotland, also in 1987.

In pipe bands, Darleen’s competitive successes included capturing the Grade 3 World Pipe Band Championship in 1980 and the Grade 2 North American Pipe Band Championship in 1981 with the Vancouver Ladies Pipe Band.

With the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, Darleen won the 1982 Grade 1 North American Pipe Band Championship and the 1985 MSR and 1988 Medley events at the World Pipe Band Championships.

Darleen taught many piping students, both young and adult, and was a BCPA adjudicator.


Ollie Hamilton Memorial Bursary

DM Ollie Hamilton (IMG_0112) largeThe Ollie Hamilton Memorial Bursary is in honour of long time Seaforth Highlanders member and drum major Ollie Hamilton. The bursary is intended for developing drum majors of all ages, to take up the art or to advance their skills through individual tuition or tuition at a summer/winter school/workshop.








Donations toward Bursaries

Please note that donations toward existing bursaries and the establishment of new named bursaries are welcomed. Further information is contained on the Donations page.


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