Let us help get you here!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.
Interested in Applying?Download and complete the following application, then be sure to send back our way before May 25, 2017. Our selection committee will contact those who are chosen to receive financial assistance.
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2016 Bursary ListAfter-School/Evening Programming Bursaries - Throughout the Fall and Spring seasons of 2014/2015, members of the Gaelic College staff instructed in fiddle and stepdance lessons for local youth and adults. Proceeds of these lessons went back into a bursary fund, for which $1,750 was made available to youth students in 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.
Alex Currie Memorial Bursary for Piping - 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.
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.
Cape Breton Gaelic Society Bursary - Two $500 bursaries offered to students attending the Youth Gaelic Immersion week at the Gaelic College.
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.
Clan Gunn Memorial Bursary - A $200 Memorial Bursary donated by Clan Gunn Society of Nova Scotia awarded to a student, registered in a youth program, studying Highland Dance and/or Gaelic.
Clan MacLeod Society of Cape Breton Bursaries – A donation was made in 2015 by the Clan MacLeod Society of Cape Breton to support several youth attending the 2015 summer school. 8 bursaries were made available from this donation valued at $325 each.
Fiddlin' Around (Big Fiddle) Bursaries - In celebration of Sydney's 'Big Fiddle' 10th anniversary, an event was held in the Spring of 2015, coordinated by 902 Advertising Group. Proceeds from this were sent to the Gaelic College in the way of bursaries for the 2015 summer youth sessions. A total of $2358.63 helped 13 different students!
Gaelic College Foundation Bursary - This bursary covers tuition only for a live-in student to attend two of the youth sessions during the 2015 Summer School.
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. Jim decided to retire from service during 2010. This scholarship is awarded 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.
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 shine – 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.
John Allan Cameron Bursary - This bursary was created by the generous Celtic Colours Festival Volunteer Drive’ers Association who wished to express their respect and appreciation to the “Godfather of Celtic Music” – John Allan Cameron. Even though the Celtic world lost a great spokesman, John Allan is still promoting his beloved Celtic roots through this bursary. It is not limited to any specific discipline.
Major Sir Torquail Matheson Bursary - Provided by the Winnipeg Foundation, this scholarship in the amount of $500 is available to any Canadian Student attending the Gaelic College.
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.
R.M. Piercey Memorial Bursary for Piping - A $500 bursary in memory of Reginald Matheson Piercey, a man passionate about his Gaelic heritage and piping. This bursary is awarded to a young piping student to assist with the costs of attending a one-week session at our Summer School. It will be awarded based on the student’s ability, interest and 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.
Skip Darcy Bursary - Established by this lady after she attended an Elderhostel session here, this $300 bursary will be awarded to a student to further studies in any of the dance programs offered during Summer School.
Sons of Scotland Foundation Bursary – 3 bursaries have been provided by Keith Feir, President of the Sons of Scotland Foundation, to support youth students attending the Gaelic College in the summer, 2015. Preference will be given to students studying piping or dancing. Two bursaries valued at $500 each will be awarded to two live in students, and two bursaries valued at $400 will be offered to two day students.
St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit Bursary - One bursary valued at $218 is available to any student attending the Gaelic College majoring in Gaelic Language.