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Spring 2018

Third annual John and Andrée Aylen Memorial Dinner held at the Rideau Club in Ottawa

On April 26, board members, the scholarship selection committee, special guests and friends of the Foundation gathered at the Rideau Club for the John and Andrée Aylen Memorial Dinner, both of whom were instrumental in founding the scholarship and perpetuating the McEuen legacy. Special guests included Fred Martin, long-time friend of the Foundation and dear friend of Dolly and Mhairi McEuen and especially to John and Andrée Aylen for more than 60 years.

The group was privileged to welcome 1998 scholar Katie Sheehan, who gave an impromptu and heartfelt testimonial to her St. Andrews education. After McEuen and St. Andrews, Katie was a Rhodes Scholar who studied Neuroscience and then did a DPhil in Social Psychiatry at Oxford prior to doing her medical degree at McMaster University.

The board was also pleased to welcome Don Nerbas, chair of the McEuen-St. Andrews Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies at McGill University who thanked the Foundation for the lead gift that ultimately made the chair possible and spoke eloquently about the McEuens and their contributions to Canadian-Scottish relations.

The Fourth Annual John and Andrée Aylen Memorial Dinner is scheduled for Thursday April 25, 2019.


Granddaughter of John and Andrée Aylen, Christiane McGovern accompanied by Geoff Cullwick, flank Fred Martin, great friend of the Aylens and long-time investment manager of the McEuen Scholarship funds.

Don Nerbas, the newly-appointed Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies at McGill, is seen here with Barry Beckett, St. Andrews graduate and member of the selection committee since 1993.
Katie Sheehan speaks to McEuen administrator Anne Weppler while her husband Bob (left) and board treasurer Bill Johnson (right) look on.
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2018 McEuen Scholar Katherine Lacroix

2018 McEuen Scholar is Katherine Lacroix

Katherine Lacroix, 18, will be attending St. Andrews as the 2018 McEuen Scholar. Currently studying in the rigorous SLA (Science, Letters and Arts) program at Collège Jean-de Brébeuf in Montreal, Ms. Lacroix was awarded the scholarship, based on her strong academic record and personal merit.

Catching up with her the week after the announcement revealed an enthusiastic student already planning how to get the most from her upcoming experience. 

"All in all, I believe that St. Andrews is the perfect fit for the person I am now and the person I intend to become," Katherine said. “The university’s 600-year history in the humanities is in itself an overwhelming reason to go there.”

Katherine will be enrolling in the International Affairs program and following in the footsteps of illustrious alumni that include Her Excellency Barbara Woodward, British Ambassador to China and Dame Anne Pringle, former British ambassador to the Czech Republic and to Russia.

Katherine sees immense value in getting out of her geographic and cultural comfort zone and says she has lived within a two-kilometre radius most of her life. She does have ties to Scotland through her mother's family: great-great-grandfather George Ross Haig Sims, of clan Haig of Bemersyde.

Between the university's arduous admissions process and the McEuen application requirements, Katherine did find time to read up on the McEuen's vision and history in Revive and Grow Strong, a history she is now part of.

"This is an absolutely surreal experience that I still cannot quite fathom. I look forward to representing Canada and the McEuen Scholarship Award at the University of St Andrews.”

Sarah Burchmore, lost McEuen scholar, is found

In the 2018 applications from scholars came a letter of reference from Michael Paluch, Assistant Head Master at St. Andrews College in Aurora, Ontario. In the letter he makes passing reference to his wife being a McEuen scholar. It turns out she’s 1990 scholar Sarah Burchmore, with whom we’d lost touch. Sarah writes: “Upon graduation from St. Andrews, I returned to Canada to attend the teacher education program at The University of Western Ontario. My husband and I began our teaching careers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, working at Union School. We returned to Canada to teach in Lennoxville at Bishop’s College School, and have since relocated to Ontario where I am the vocal music teacher at Canada’s National Ballet School.

Some of my fondest memories of St Andrews include singing in both the Chapel Choir and a small a cappella group called The Dulcet Tones. As a member of the Chapel Choir, I was fortunate enough to go on tour in both Ireland and Spain.

Life seems to come full circle. We live at a boarding school in Aurora, Ontario called St. Andrew’s College where my son is a middle school student who enjoys performing in the Pipes & Drums Corps. We are returning to Scotland this summer to watch him play at the World Championships in Glasgow. We plan to take a road trip to St Andrews.”

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 2018 donors to date:

Dr. Jeannie Callum, mother of 2017 scholar Malcolm Risk
John Aylen


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)

1991 Hannah Cathleen Grant

1992 Suzanne M. Neilson

1993 James Alexander Irvine

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