This Scholarship was founded in 1947 by the Ulster American Friendship Committee in memory of Mrs Helen Ramsey Turtle, a remarkable and much loved young American woman married to an Ulsterman. She died in 1946 leaving three small daughters. The award was instituted by some of Helen Ramsey Turtle's friends who, through a keen sense of loss of a vivid personality, wished to establish some form of memorial which would reflect her wide interests and her identification with both the old and new worlds.
The purpose of the award is to enhance the opportunities available to graduate students of Queen’s University Belfast, who have already determined to undertake a period of study in North America. The scholarship is not intended to form part of the core funding required for the period of study, i.e. for travel to and from North America and associated subsistence costs. The scholarship should be spent on travel within North America and/or activities which applicants can demonstrate will add value to their period of study. For instance, this could be to extend their planned period of study; to add a further research centre to the visit or attend a conference; or to travel around North America for pleasure in order to enhance their trip.