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Each year, the Gaelic College is proud to award such generous bursaries to many grateful summer-school youth. We wish to extend our greatest thanks to all donors for their years of giving and wonderful support for the arts. This year, applications are due Friday, May 24, 2019.

All bursaries distributed by the Gaelic College are based on need and interest. Two letters of support from a non-relative should accompany application. If mailing, May 24 postmark is acceptable. All students should apply to:

Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College
51779 Cabot Trail, St. Ann’s,
P.O. Box 80, Englishtown, Nova Scotia,
B0C 1H0
TEL: (902) 295-3411 | FAX: (902) 295-2912
E-MAIL: school@gaeliccollege.edu

Click to download and complete our application, then send back our way. Our selection committee will contact those who are chosen to receive financial assistance.

THE ALEX CURRIE MEMORIAL BURSARY FOR BAGPIPE A $500.00 bursary provided by the international Clan Currie Society and named for the famed Cape Breton piper, Alex Currie. This bursary is available to any deserving piping student and comes with no eligibility restrictions. The Gaelic College Bursary Selection Committee will make the decision on the recipient of this generous award with special attention to the student’s interest and need.
ALEXANDER CLARK NORMAN BURSARY The late Alex Norman, who had been a fiddle student here, left a provision in his will for a bursary to be awarded to a Nova Scotia Student studying Cape Breton Fiddle.
ANGUS & JESSE (MURRAY) THOMSON BURSARY This award is awarded annually to a student studying the Gaelic language (reading, writing and speaking) by Angus & Jesse’s family.
THE BETTY SKINNER BURSARY A $200 bursary, sponsored by the South Haven Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, awarded to a Victoria County student majoring (a minimum of three hours a day) in Weaving.
THE CARL MACKENZIE SCHOLARSHIP Carl MacKenzie was a legendary Cape Breton fiddler who recorded numerous albums and was respected by all who knew him. Always willing to share his time and his talents and a long-time member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association, this full scholarship is provided by the Gaelic College Foundation to a student studying Fiddle.
THE CAPE BRETON GAELIC SOCIETY BURSARY Two $250 bursaries offered to students attending the Youth Immersion week at Colaisde na Gàidhlig.
CLAN DONALD BURSARY Three $300 bursaries awarded if student falls under the following criteria: (1) Recipient must show a reasonable level of interest and ability in their chosen discipline. (2) Financial need is a consideration and (3) In the case of more than one applicant qualifying equally for the bursary, preference will be given to the applicant with a connection to Clan Donald or any of the septs of Clan Donald.
THE EVELINE MACLEOD BURSARY Eveline MacLeod was a devoted member of her community for decades. She instructed at Colaisde na Gàidhlig and also served on its Board of Governors. This is a $500 bursary, awarded to a student interested in Weaving.
GAELIC COLLEGE FOUNDATION BURSARY This bursary covers tuition only for a live-in student to attend two of the youth sessions during the 2019 Summer School.
GALBRAITH BURSARY Provided by the Galbraith family, this award is presented to several students attending youth programming at Colaisde na Gàidhlig.
JAMES RUSSEL GEDDES BURSARY James Russel Geddes (Jim) was a strong advocate of Cape Breton Island, its beauty and all it has to offer culturally. This award is provided by his family and will be provided to a student with financial need, from Nova Scotia, with an enthusiasm for excellence in learning to play the fiddle.
THE JIM BRADLEY SCHOLARSHIP Jim Bradley was a member of the College’s Board of Governors for more than 20 years. As Secretary-Treasurer, Jim was always around to help with any project and to sign cheques. Jim decided to retire from service during 2010. This scholarship will be awarded each year to a young piping student and covers the full cost (excluding travel) of attending a one-week session at our Summer School. It will be awarded based on the student’s ability, interest and need.
THE JOE MACNEIL SCHOLARSHIP Joe MacNeil was a member of the College’s Board of Governors for 15 years including six years as Chair. Joe travelled from his home near St. Peters to faithfully attend meetings for all those years – rain or snow – it didn’t matter. Joe retired from the Board in October 2010. The scholarship is to be awarded annually to a young fiddle student and covers the full cost of attending a one-week session at our Summer School (excluding travel). It will be awarded based on the student’s ability, interest and need.
THE JOHN ALLAN CAMERON BURSARY This bursary was created by the very generous Celtic Colours Festival Volunteer Drive’er Association who wished to express their respect and appreciation to the “Godfather of Celtic Music” – John Allan Cameron. Even though the Celtic world has lost a great spokesman, John Allan is still promoting his beloved Celtic roots through this bursary. Fifteen $200 bursaries are offered in 2019 to Cape Breton students and are not limited to any specific discipline.
MAJOR SIR TORQUAIL MATHESON BURSARY Provided by the Winnipeg Foundation, three scholarships in the amount of $200 each are available to any Canadian Student attending Colaisde na Gàidhlig.
THE MIKE MACDOUGALL MEMORIAL BURSARY A scholarship of $250, sponsored by the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association, awarded to a fiddle student who is a member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Association.
THE PEGGY MACASKILL BURSARY Peggy MacAskill was a dear friend and long-time employee of Colaisde na Gàidhlig. These awards are funded by her friends and are awarded to students from Victoria with financial need who are pursuing studies in Nova Scotia Gaelic and Culture at Colaisde na Gàidhlig.
THE REGINALD MATHESON PIERCEY PIPING BURSARY One $500 bursary awarded by Mr. Piercey’s family, in his memory, to a student studying piping and is based on ability, interest and financial need.
THE SCOTS BURSARY Two $500 bursaries awarded by The Scots: The North British Society to two students from the Halifax Regional Municipality who are pursuing studies in Nova Scotia Gaelic and Culture at Colaisde na Gàidhlig.
THE SONS OF SCOTLAND BURSARY Two $500 bursaries awarded by The Sons of Scotland Charitable Organization to one male and one female who are pursuing studies in Nova Scotia Gaelic and Culture at Colaisde na Gàidhlig.