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House of Burnett Scholarship
The House of Burnett Inc., announces the 2016 House of Burnett, Inc. Scholarship Award Program.  Under the Program, one (1) $500 scholarship will be awarded to a child or grandchild (including foster or stepchildren) of a House of Burnett member in good standing for a minimum of one (1) year from the date of application. Good standing will be verified by the Secretary. Program Guidelines & Priorities: * Seeking graduating high school seniors with a record of volunteerism in the community in non-school sponsored activities and participation in extracurricular school activities. * Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college or technical school. * Student must be seeking to obtain a practical certification or degree. Practical meaning one's chances of gaining useful employment upon graduation would be better than if one had no such certificate or degree. * Scholarship funds will be paid in August 2016 directly to the student. * Applicants must send an official copy of their transcripts and college enrollment forms (or acceptance letter if available) as proof of class registration.(See application for complete requirements.)  The House of Burnett Scholarship Committee urges all members’ eligible children entering or attending an institute of higher education to apply. Application deadline is March 11, 2016 by 6:00 p.m. Late applications will NOT be accepted. HOB Officers, Directors, and Scholarship Committee members and their immediate families are not eligible for scholarships during their terms of office. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email. The applications will be reviewed, and recipients selected by the committee will be notified by email and announced in the Burnett Banner. The scholarship will be awarded in August 2016.  Applications may be downloaded from the House of Burnett website at www.burnett.uk.com. All materials submitted will become the property of the House of Burnett, Inc., and will not be returned. This does not preclude applicants from submitting the same essay for other scholarships. However, it does permit the House of Burnett, Inc. to publish any and all essays received without further permission of, or any remuneration to, the applicant. House of Burnett, Inc., reserves the right to reject any and all applications at its discretion, and to change, modify, or terminate the Scholarship Program at any time at its discretion. Please submit any questions to: gkreider@sbcglobal.net
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Q: What is the meaning of the family motto “Alterius Non Sit Qui Suus Esse Potest”? A: Let Him Not Be Another’s Who Can Be His Own. This motto was introduced by Sir Thomas Burnett in the last century when he re-recorded the arms with the inclusion of the tartan on the highlander supporter.  Q: What is the meaning of the family motto or slogan "Virescit Vulner Virtus"? A: Valour increases with a wound. This is the principal motto or slogan and can be translated as “her virtue flourishes by her wound.” However, the more general and meaningful translation and that which I regard as “official” is “Virtue, when wounded, flourishes”. Q: Are the Burnetts a sept of Clan Campbell? A: The Lord Lyon, King of Arms wrote to James Burnett of Leys in 1985 stating “While it may be that certain individual Burnetts found themselves in a position of dependence vis-à-vis the Chief of Clan Campbell, there is no foundation or any idea that the Burnetts generally are a sept of Clan Campbell. They are an independent name and you are Chief of that name." Q: Is Bunett a Clan, Sept or House? A: The Burnetts were never a “clan” as the term is used in Scots custom and law. The clans in Scotland were patriarchal in scope and were essentially tribal societies whose members spoke Gaelic. The majority of Burnetts were not Gaelic speakers – most of them spoke Scots and, although many of them lived in or near the Highlands, they were not Highlanders. The correct terminology for the Burnett family is “House of Burnett” as is the case with a number of great Scottish families (Bruce, Gordon and Dunbar for example). Although the term “clan” has been used to describe some Lowland families, even in the Lyon Court records, there was never a “Clan Burnett”.
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