Established in 2009

A scholarship for Grade 12 students in Halifax

Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard, was born in 1759 near the town of Ayr in western Scotland, the son of a tenant farmer. In those years, young Burns lived close to the land and Scottish traditions, moving to a farm near Tarbolton when he was 18. It was there that Rabbie became a Mason, being initiated into Lodge St. David Tarbolton on July 4, 1781. He was passed and raised in the Lodge on the 1st of October that year.

Robert Burns became a renowned Scottish poet and lyricist whose work forever influenced Scottish literature. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is also regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and, after his death at the age of 37 in 1796, he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism. Today, Robert Burns is considered a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world. In 2009, he was voted by the Scottish public as being the Greatest Scot.

This Fund was established by members of Burns Lodge No. 10 (AFAM) to honour Robert Burns’ legacy in New Scotland (Nova Scotia) and to help local students pursue post-secondary education.


To be eligible, applicants must be a) residents of Halifax Regional Municipality b) in Grade 12 and c) planning to pursue post-secondary studies in Atlantic Canada.

Applicants will be adjudicated on their scholastic achievement, community involvement, athletic accomplishments and financial need. The deadline to apply is April 30.

Scholarships will typically be awarded annually; however, the donor reserves the right to award scholarships on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and CFNS permit.

Donate to this fund

If you would like to donate to this fund, donations of up to $500 can be made through the CanadaHelps donation form below.

For donations over $500, please contact the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia office at