2021 Scholarship Available for Youth to Advance Scottish Gaelic Traditions
The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society created Stòras na h-Òigridh | Treasures of Youth, a program that supports our Nova Scotia youth in learning and growing their Scottish Gaelic cultural skills, with the hope of fostering a new generation of tradition bearers. The program has two components: scholarships and fiddle loans.
The Stòras na h-Òigridh | Treasures of Youth Scholarship Endowment fund is offering two $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship in 2021 to Nova Scotia youths between the ages 5-21 with a keen interest to advance their skills in one or more of the following Scottish Gaelic traditions: fiddle, pipes, piano/guitar accompaniment, language, storytelling, song and dance. The Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia (CFNS), has provided $13,000 to 14 youth across the province over the past seven years. The 2020 recipients were Abby Hansen, a fiddler, piano player and Gaelic singer from Montague Coal Mines, HRM, Gracie Hawes, a piano player from St. Andrews, Antigonish County and Phillip Whyte, a Gaelic speaker and singer from Barrachois, CBRM. Applications must be completed on-line through the CFNS website. The deadline for scholarship applications is April 30th, 2021.
2021 Fiddle Loan Application
Stòras na h-Òigridh also has four very special fiddles for up and coming youth fiddlers for a three-year loan. Included in the loan program is the fiddle played by the late great Joe Peter MacLean, from Boisdale, and a handmade fiddle from Paul Trépanier, a Cape Breton fiddle fan from Timmons, Ontario. The fiddles, in half, three-quarter, and full sizes, are available to Nova Scotia youth between the ages of 5 and 21. The application form can be downloaded from the program website at any time with no deadline.
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 Scottish 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 Scottish 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.
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 Scottish 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
Next scholarship application deadline: April 30, 2021
Next fiddle loan deadline: Apply at anytime for the fiddle loan program.
The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society was founded in 1959 to create the Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village, to share and promote the Nova Scotia 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.