Christine Kennedy Award
This is a bursary of £250 paid to a Nairn Academy pupil about to embark on a university degree course with a literary or history connection.
It was formerly known as the Nairn Literary Institute Bursary and was instigated in 1990 to provide financial help to a Nairn Academy pupil with the purchase of books and/or equipment necessry for their university studies. The initial cheque for £100 has been presented annually at Nairn Academy Prize Giving to a pupil selected jointly by the school and the Nairn Literary Institute Committee. A further three cheques of £50 each are paid yearly in September, provided they continue with their studies.
It was renamed in 2018 in recognition of Mrs Kennedy's dedication and many years of invaluable service to the Nairn Literary Institute and its committee.
Due to these uncertain times caused by Covid 19, no applications for the Award were put forward for the 2020 academic year. We contacted Nairn Academy earlier in 2021, inviting applications for this year's award, and were delighted to receive two excellent personal statements from students who have been accepted to study degree courses at Strathclyde University this year. Both were eminently qualified to receive the Award, so it was agreed that we would make two awards this year, to make up for last year.
Rhianna Logie will be studying for a BA Hons Degree in Law and History, and Jo Fitzpatrick has opted for a Degree in English and Education.
We wish both students every success with their studies, and will keep members updated on their progress and achievements.