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McGill inaugurates St. Andrew’s Society/McEuen Scholarship Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies

Lead gifts by the McEuen Scholarship Foundation and the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal have resulted in a successful fundraising campaign to endow a chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies at McGill University. The chair will provide outreach to the Scottish community, will mentor students and will attract scholars who will further deepen our knowledge of the role of Scots in Canadian history. The fundraising committee, which includes McEuen Scholarship president John Aylen, plans to support the work of the chair by continued fundraising for travel scholarships, fellowships and possibly a specific teaching space at McGill.


The McEuen family was committed to deepening ties between Canada and Scotland, beginning initially with the Ajax Scholarships they funded after the war and later with the McEuen Scholarship when it was established in the early 1970s.


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Canadian-Scottish Studies Chair to speak at annual John and Andreé Aylen Memorial Dinner in Ottawa Thursday, April 26, 2018.

Don Nerbas, the newly appointed chair in Canadian Scottish Studies at McGill will be the guest of honour at the third John and Andrée Aylen memorial dinner to be held at the Rideau Club in Ottawa on Thursday, April 26, 2018.


Past scholarship recipients are invited and encouraged to attend along with the board, the selection committee and friends of the scholarship. Dr. Nerbas completed his PhD in Canadian History at the University of New Brunswick in 2010. His research broadly centres on the history of capitalism.


2016 MEuen Scholar Isaac Bonisteel writes…

[….] There have also been many little moments that have made this term one that will stick out in my mind. Running along Kake Brues under a canopy of autumn leaves, sunrise sea swims at Castle Sands, a gross Movember moustache for charity, the ever-alluring Scottish accent and slang, and the charm of St. Andrews and its focus on community. The vibrancy of the small town continues to amaze me. Every day this wee town feels more and more like a home away from home.


I am ever grateful for all that you have done and do in making this dream of mine possible….Thank you for fueling a holistic education and a brighter future.

Supporting the McEuen Foundation has never been easier.

Scholarship recipients, their friends and their families can now support the foundation and its scholars by donating online through Canada Helps. Simply click on the Donate button on the right side of the navigation bar and follow the prompts. Receipts for online donations will be emailed to you in the minutes after your donation has been processed.  Donors can stipulate one-time or monthly contributions.


We need your support and we encourage all past recipients and their families to pay it forward.


The McEuen Scholarship provides full tuition and accommodation to four scholars in any one year, at a cost of more than $50,000 each a year. To our knowledge, it is the largest single scholarship in the country. At present we need to raise approximately $100,000 a year to ensure our endowment continues into perpetuity and we can continue to change the lives of deserving Canadian students from across the country.


Our scholars graduate debt free with a degree from one of the world’s great universities.

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Thank you to our donors in 2017

Marielle McGovern

Dr. Jeanne Callum

Nicolas Synnott


Sandra MacPherson

Randy Zayshley


Are you in touch with any of these past winners of the McEuen Scholarship? If so, please pass this on and encourage them to contact us to get on our email list and join our Facebook page.


1978 Robert A. MacLean

1981 Mary C. Hunisett-Stewart

1982 Catherine Joy Archibald

1984 James Maitland Campbell

1986 Brenda Susan Rapley

1987 Margaret Rhiannon Purdy (Purdie)

1990 Sarah Margaret Burchmore

1991 Hannah Cathleen Grant

1992 Suzanne M. Neilson

1993 James Alexander Irvine

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