Trust bursary award

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The City of Brechin Civic Trust has announced that this year’s successful applicant for the Trust’s Allan McMann Bursary is Cameron Mathieson, now studying law at the University of West of Scotland.

The bursary, dedicated to the memory of the late Allan McMann who left a substantial legacy to the Trust, is open to senior students at Brechin High School going on to university.

Each year one award is made based on a piece of work related to the history or built heritage of the Ancient City.

The successful applicant receives a grant of £500 for each of the four years of a normal degree course with the possibility of a further award for an additional year.

This is the fourth year of the award with the first recipient, Ritchie Smith, now in the last year of his course.

Cameron researched the history of Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower writing a small pocket history of the buildings.

Commenting on the fact that there was only one candidate for the bursary this year, a spokesman for the Civic Trust praised Cameron’s comprehensive piece of work but noted the executive committee’s disappointment that other students had not made submissions.

“Cameron’s effort was excellent and worthy of the award but it surprises us just how little interest there appears to be among the students in applying for this financial assistance.

“We understand that school work very obviously must take precedence but there is nothing to stop students planning their submissions much earlier than Year 6.

“Research work could well be done during school holidays in fourth year or even earlier and their actual application completed following their last exam in their final school year.”

Submissions can take several forms: written work, art work such as paintings or photographs, but all must be supported with research details.

Any current Brechin High School students who are interested in applying for the bursary should, in the first instance, seek information from Mr Steve Dempsey, school rector.