Who can apply?
new applicant or existing Emmanuel College resident
Value of scholarship
part relief of residential fees to $4,000 provided jointly by Emmanuel College and members of the Lawrie family
Created in 2012 in conjunction with members of the Lawrie family, this scholarship is awarded to a student who has been accepted into any discipline at The University of Queensland (UQ) who shows sound academic ability and superior talent as a pipe band drummer.
The scholarship will be renewable on the recipient continuing to achieve at a high level academically, playing as a consistent performer and a registered competitive member with the Emmanuel College Highlanders at The University of Queensland pipe band and contributing to the life of the College.
The recipient must be accepted as a student at UQ and a resident of Emmanuel College with good academic potential or ability. They must include a pipe band resume and drumming reference, and perform an audition for the Drum Sergeant (recordings and/or Skype auditions can be arranged).
Emmanuel College Highlanders is an outstanding standard bearer for Emmanuel College and UQ, both locally and in the wider community. The band proudly represents Emmanuel College and the University in major events, such as Anzac Day, St Patrick’s Day, and Tartan Day. The band competes in interstate and national competitions and enjoys regular appearances at the Woodford Folk Festival and the Australian Celtic Festival.
Mr Douglas William David Lawrie JP FAIM (1932–2011) was the Tutor in Drumming for the UQPBEC from its formation in 1998. He began playing drums and bagpipes at age eight. At age 17 Doug became Drum Sergeant of the then prize winning Grade 1 St Andrew Pipe Band, leading its drum section to many successes in state, interstate and South Pacific championships in solo drumming.
In the early 1970s pipe bands “took a back seat” as Doug, a master builder, became managing director of several companies. In 1981 he became Leading Drummer with the Queensland Police Pipe Band and, in 1983, accepted an offer from the Commissioner of Police to become full-time Tutor and Leading Drummer of the Police Pipe Band. In 1989, the Queensland Pipe Band re-entered the competition arena in Grade 3, and in the following years, under Doug’s guidance, the Police Drum Corps won state, Australian, and South Pacific drumming championships. From 1988 to 1997, Doug was Vice Principal of Drumming at the Australian Federation of the Pipe Band College. In 1990, he achieved honours at the College’s highest level, with the distinction of being only the second in Australia to do so.
Doug ‘s achievement and status in drumming was acknowledged in a book distributed worldwide, nominating him as one of the world’s most influential drummers during the past century. He was the only Queenslander and one of only three Australians recognised in the book.
During his career Doug has tutored in excess of 300 individuals and 60 bands. Emmanuel College is proud and privileged to be associated with Drum Major Doug Lawrie and grateful for the wonderful service he gave to our pipe band.