Scholarship Available for Youth to Advance Gaelic Traditions
The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society is pleased to offer two $1,000 scholarships through the Stóras na h-Òigridh (Treasures of Youth) scholarship endowment fund which was created to ensure that cultural skills based on Gaelic traditions continue to flourish with our youth in Nova Scotia.
These annual bursaries are awarded to Nova Scotian youth between the ages 5-21 with a keen interest to advance their skills in one or more of the following Gaelic traditions: fiddle, pipes, piano/guitar accompaniment, language, storytelling, song and dance.
In 2016, $1,000.00 scholarships were awarded to Olivier Broussard of Port Hawkesbury has been honing his fiddle and dance skills and Drea Shephard of Sydney who has been studying fiddle, piano, Gaelic song and dance. Olivier and Drea have proven a commitment to the rich Gaelic traditions of Cape Breton.
The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society is calling for submissions for this year’s scholarships. The deadline is March 31, 2017. Nominations are submitted using an on-line form which can be access through the fund’s website at http://www.treasuresofyouth.ca. For more information, contact the Highalnd Village at 1-866-442-3542 (toll free) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stóras na h-Òigridh is a project of the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society. The endowment is managed by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia. Five $1,000 scholarships have been awarded since 2014.
Stòras na h-Òigridh – Treasures of Youth
Please support the Stòras na h-Òigridh (Treasures of Youth) Scholarship Endowment Fund to ensure that cultural skills based on Gaelic traditions will continue to flourish in Nova Scotia’s youth. The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society created Stòras na h-Òigridh to provide financial scholarships to support to up-and- coming youth between the ages of five and twenty-one who are keen to advance their skills in the Gaelic tradition including: fiddle, pipes, piano, language, storytelling, song and dance. Annual scholarship(s) are awarded from the interest earned from the fund. The Fund is managed by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia. In addition to the Fund, Stòras na h-Òigridh also offers a fiddle loan program.
Please donate to Stòras na h-Òigridh – Treasures of Youth Fund, Tunes for Tomorrow
We sincerely thank you in advance for your consideration in support of this visionary and worthwhile cause. With your help the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society will continue to foster the Gaelic traditions with the youth of today and tomorrow.
For more information on the Stòras na h-Òigridh scholarship please see:
Community Foundation of Nova Scotia
2016 Scholarship Winners
Winners of this years of scholarships Olivier Broussard and Drea Shephard.
Stòras na h-Òigridh – Treasures of Youth is pleased to announce that two $1,000 scholarships have been awarded for 2016, thanks to the generosity of its donors.
11 year old Drea Shephard of Sydney, Nova Scotia, will be working on her fiddle, piano, Gaelic song and dance skills. Her fiddle teacher Boyd MacNeil describes Drea as a “cultural sponge” who “will no doubt keep our traditions alive and well for future generations.”
17 year old Olivier Broussard of Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia will be honing his fiddle and dance skills. “Olivier gives it everything he has as a musician. It is often said “you get out of it what you put into it” and this could be no truer in Olivier’s case,” states his fiddle teacher Kinnon Beaton.
Both Drea and Olivier have demonstrated her commitment with their time studying and practicing their skills as well as sharing them at gatherings or at performances.
Susan MacLean, Olivier Broussard, Drea Shephard and Lisa MacNeil.
2015 Fiddle Loan Recipients
The Stòras na h-Òigridh | Treasures of Youth Committee of the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society is pleased to announce the latest recipients of its fiddle loan program. A full size fiddle was awarded to Lili Watson of Judique and a 1/2 size fiddle was awarded to Mia Nordine of Sydney River. Both fiddles are on loan to the recipients until October 2018. The Highland Village congratulates Lili and Mia on their interest and dedication to the Gaelic Nova Scotia fiddle traditions and wishes them the very best as they further develop those skills.
The Stòras na h-Òigridh | Treasures of Youth Committee expresses its gratitude to the Trepanier Family of Timmons, ON for the donation of the full size fiddle hand made by Paul Trepanier and to the Gallant Family of Sydney Mines for the donation of the 1/2 size fiddle.
2015 Scholarship Winners
The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society is pleased to announce that Stephanie MacDonald of Washabuck and Roddie MacInnis of Glendale are the recipients of the 2015 Stòras na h-Òigridh | Treasures of Youth scholarships.
Winners of this years scholarships Roddie MacInnis and Stephanie MacDonald
The scholarships are awarded annually to young Nova Scotians between the ages 5-21 with a keen interest to advance their skills in one or more of the following Gaelic traditions: fiddle, pipes, piano, language, storytelling, song and dance. This year, through fundraising efforts, two $1000.00 scholarships were awarded.
Stephanie and Roddie have proven a commitment to the rich Gaelic traditions here in Cape Breton. While, Stephanie has been focusing on the Cape Breton style of piano and guitar, Roddie has been taking fiddle, stepdancing, and Gaelic language lessons. Both are dedicated to learning and passing on these traditions to future generations. They plan on using this scholarship to spend time with local instructors that will encourage the growth of their young talent.
Next scholarship application deadline: March 31, 2017.
Next fiddle loan deadline: September 30, 2018
The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society was founded in 1959 to create the Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village, to share and promote the Gaelic culture and heritage of Nova Scotia. Today, five decades later, the Society continues to carry out this mission through the operation of the Highland Village Museum in Iona, a part of the Nova Scotia Museum, as well as initiatives to support the growth and development of Gaelic language and culture.