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Macpherson Memorial Trust Awards may be granted for personal development unrelated to industry employment, as well as for personal/career development within the industry. Meet two of our previous awardees and hear their first-hand accounts of how an award from the Macpherson Memorial Trust enabled them to follow their personal dreams and/or achieve career goals.

Maria presenting her research – Young Scientists Symposium 2016 – Chico, California

Maria, studying for a PhD at Heriot-Watt University, applied for a Macpherson Trust award to enable her attendance to deliver a presentation at the 2016 Young Scientist’s Symposium in California:

     “I would like to thank the Macpherson Trustees for the award to attend the 2016 Young Scientists Symposium in Chico, California. This event was the first formal scientific meeting I had attended and presented at during my PhD studies. It was ideal as my first presentation because it was targeted for younger scientists in the malting, brewing and distilling areas. I was accepted to present my research findings on the relationship between the speed of brewing fermentations and flavour compounds that are produced. I gained valuable experience presenting in a professional setting and received feedback on my research from those attending.  Additionally, attending this symposium gave me the opportunity to expand my social network in the industry and make connections for the future. The generous award covered my registration fees to the conference and my accommodation while at the symposium. The award was therefore very much appreciated!”

Opening Ceremony – 23rd World Scout Jamboree, Japan 2015

Tim applied for a grant to enable him to attend the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan, as a unit leader.  Here’s what he has to say about the whole experience:

      “It’s an amazing opportunity for any adult or child in Scouting. No matter who you are, or what you’ve done or seen, the Jamboree will change your outlook on life in a positive way, it certainly changed mine. For me the support of the Macpherson Trust was an enormous help, quite simply it removed one third of the stress of fundraising the fee. On a more fundamental level, the support of the Macpherson Trust allowed me to put more effort into preparations of our unit for the event itself, and help others with their fundraising. So there were lots of indirect recipients of support too.”


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