The top award, the Herbert P MacNeal rotating trophy for "The National Scottish Harp Championship of America" (tm) is conferred on the society's National winner.
Clan Hamilton has sponsored a "Most Promising Beginner" award at many games for years, presenting silver plates and silver cups. Rita Hamilton, is very active in Clan Hamilton as editor of the clan's newsletter. She has served our society as competition chair and has been a loyal member of SHSA for many years.
Another major trophy is the "Mary Young Most Promising Beginner", a huge silver platter with the names of the winners engraved on the back. This is in memory of George Young's wife. George is a professional Scottish accordion artist from Akron, Ohio. George always graciously supplies a keeper for the winner.
For two years a secret donor supplied four silver cups for the best in each division as "Appreciation of Nancy Bick Clark". Nancy has done so much for the society and her local area. Countless students have successful careers thanks to her dedication. This year a special cup was awarded to the "Best Bardic Tradition" in honor of Dreama Powell from her friends.
At the Ohio Festival, sponsor of the Harper of the Day was the late Andrew Turner, active in Ohio's Clan Lamont. Now that he is deceased, his wife Edna has established both a rotating trophy and a keeper trophy in his memory.
At Ligonier, PA, the St. Andrews Society of Pittsburgh initiated a rotating trophy for the next 34 years. A keeper is also graciously supplied for the winner to take home. Clan MacDonald has sponsored keeper plaques and will continue if there are at least two competitors in each division.
Sponsors for Stone Mountain, GA, include Clan Anderson, Harper of the Day; Clan Douglas, top Journeyman award; Robert Cunningham, Novice; Roland Spencler (in memoriam from his family), Master; and Dr F. Phinizy Calhoun Jr, Apprentice (memorial sponsors Mr. and Mrs. F. Phinizy Calhoun, Ill).