Our Benevolences

Charitable Outreach

The St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing assistance to those in need through our donations to many charities and scholarship programs.  Following is a list of current and past educational and humanitarian organizations supported by the Society.  Each member may have up to $100 in personal donations matched by the Society’s Burt Middlemas Matching Fund when donated to a listed or approved charity.  Personal checks made out to the charity may be given to the Benevolence Chair at a monthly meeting, and the donation will be matched and mailed to the charity.  Or, members may mail a check to the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit Benevolence Chair, St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit, 2363 Rochester Road, Troy, MI 48083, along with a stamped addressed envelope to the charity, and the donation will be matched and mailed to the charity.  The Society is grateful to the members and friends who generously support its charitable aims.

  • Alma College – Highland Arts Scholarships
  • Auchindrain Trust
  • Baldwin Center
  • Burt Middlemas Matching Fund
  • Capuchin Kitchen
  • Cathedral of St. Paul of Detroit
  • Charles S. Low Memorial Library-Kilgour Centre
  • Children’s Hospital – Shower of Love
  • C.O.T.S.
  • DPS Volunteer Reading Corps
  • Easterseals Dreams Unlimited Clubhouse
  • Erskine Hospital – Scotland Veterans Charity
  • Focus HOPE
  • Forgotten Harvest
  • Fort Street Presbyterian – Open Door
  • Friends/Detroit Library-Burton Collection
  • Gaelic College Celtic Arts & Crafts (Nova Scotia)
  • Gleaners
  • Grace Centers of Hope
  • Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity Detroit
  • Habitat for Humanity Oakland
  • Historic Norwegian Historical Society Calumet
  • Hope for HIE (Hypoxic, Ischemic, Encephalopathy
  • Maggie’s Centres – Scotland Cancer Support Center
  • Michigan Animal Rescue League
  • McFarlane & Company
  • MI Freedom Center
  • National Trust of Scotland (USA)
  • Operation Never Forgotten
  • Operation Smile
  • Penrickton Center for Blind Children
  • Rebuilding Together – Southeast MI Housing
  • St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit Honor Guard
  • St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit Pipe Band
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • South Oakland Citizens for the Homeless
  • The Scottish Home (Chicago Scots)
  • Tobar an Dualchais (Isle of Skye)
  • Troy Civic Charities
  • Troy Scholastic Program – Morse School
  • Trustees Personal Grants to Needy
  • Toys for Tots
  • Turning Point-Second Hand Rose
  • Vietnam Veterans of America-Chapter 154
  • Walsh College Scholarship
  • William S. Kincaid Scottish Arts Scholarships


If you are interested in donating to the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit Scots:


COVID-19 Response Fund  

Detroit Scots COVID-19 RF Logo red

We need your financial support for our St. Andrew’s benevolence project to provide meals to the health care workers at the Henry Ford Hospital as well as First Responders in Wyandotte, Michigan, and in addition, help our charitable partners.

In the face of this worldwide pandemic, our Detroit area is one of the critical hot spots. Our hospitals are at critical capacity, our doctors, nurses, and hospital staff is stretched to the limits. As a benevolent society that gives to many different organizations throughout the year, we have set up a fund called the Detroit Scots COVID-19 Response Fund. With the funds raised, we have outlined the following plan.

Our first goal is to provide meals to the front line warriors. We are going to donate a Sunday Scottish Dinner for the health care workers at the Henry Ford Hospital Wyandotte.

These dinners will be purchased from Portofino Restaurant, owned by our member Jerry Beasley. So, in fact, we would be helping two businesses impacted by this pandemic at the same time. Jerry and his staff will provide a hot meal at a cost of between $6 and $7 per meal. Our goal is to donate a total amount of $3,000 for this portion of the Detroit Scots COVID-19 Response Fund. The $3,000 fund would provide over 450 meals to these special people.

Through May 25, 2020, in addition to the above, our Society was able to further help our charitable partners:

  • Capuchin Soup Kitchen ($1,000)
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan Clothes Closet through the Shower of Love ($250)
  • Fort Street Presbyterian Church-Open Door Ministry ($1,000)
  • Morse Elementary School in the Troy School District ($1,000)
  • Salvation Army ($1,000)
  • Turning Point ($1,000)

Our list of all our benevolences can be seen on DetroitScots.com/Benevolence.

Your generosity is needed and appreciated. Your gift will go to the Detroit Scots COVID-19 Response Fund.

Donations can be made:

  • Send a check made payable to the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit and mail to:

         St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit
         Kilgour Scottish Centre – COVID-19 Response Fund
         2363 Rochester Road
         Troy, MI 48083-1951


Kincaid Scholarships in the Scottish Arts

The William H. Kincaid Scottish Arts Scholarship Program

The St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit is very proud of its Kincaid Scholarship program and the number of scholarship grants and the number of years that the program has been in effect for students and instructors studying and teaching the Scottish arts.  The program offers modest scholarships for pipers, drummers, highland dancers, harpists (clarsach), fiddlers, pianists, and other Scottish musical arts to further their interest and improve their skills.  Scholarships may be for a variety of schools, camps, clinics, or workshops, whether short-term or week-long programs, as approved by the Kincaid Scholarship program. 

Generally, eligibility criteria for scholarships include:

  • Reside in, or study with an instructor in, or be a member of a Scottish band in southeast Michigan, and
  • Be recommended by the instructor, and
  • For school-age applicants, through high school graduation: meet minimum age requirements set by the desired instructional program, or
  • For adults: be considered a “beginner,” that is, classified no higher than a Grade IV piper or drummer, or intermediate dancer or harpist (clarsach), and have no more than five years’ experience.

In awarding scholarships, preference will be given to school-age applicants and to first-time applicants of any age.  Instructors desiring to improve their teaching skills may nominate themselves.  Applicants must secure admission to their instructional program of choice before an application may be considered.

Each year, applications are provided by the Kincaid Scholarship director to instructors and pipe majors who participated in scholarship programs in the previous year. Those wishing to request materials for the first time are encouraged to do so by contacting the program director listed below.

The St. Andrew’s Society requests recipients to attend one of our General Membership Meetings to showcase their talents.

For more information, please contact:

Dave Martin    davemartin@standrewspipeband.com