Mission

The Saint Andrew Society of Sarasota (SASS) was formed in 1979 to provide social and cultural activities relating to Scottish heritage and to give emphasis to Sarasota's settlement by Scots (in 1885).  Our 501 c 3, St. Andrew Scottish Society Scholarship Fund, Inc. (SASSF), since 1990, has given $118,000 in scholarships to qualified college-bound high school seniors from Manatee and Sarasota Counties and Lemon Bay in Charlotte County.

Vision

SASS sponsors and participates in area Scottish social and cultural events including:
  • Burn's Club lunch and poetry readings, held monthly (in season),
  • Annual Scottish Christmas Luncheon, held in December,
  • Annual Robert Burn's Supper, held near the anniversary of the Scottish bards birth (25 January),
  • Scottish Highland Games,
  • Annual Kirkin' o' the Tartans, held in conjunction with an area worship service,
  • Annual Scholarship Luncheon, held March or April to recognize the scholarship winners.
Through social and civic involvement, SASS enhances awareness of Sarasota's significant Scottish heritage, thereby attracting funding to our 501 c 3 St. Andrew Scottish Society Scholarship Fund.  Working with area guidance counselors, and students we have provided financial support to 107 qualified high school seniors since 1990.