2021 Scholarship for Youth to Advance Scottish Gaelic Traditions
The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society is also pleased to present $2,500 in scholarships to three up and coming culture bearers through its Stòras na -Òigridh | Treasures of Youth Scholarship Fund. Managed by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, the fund supports Nova Scotian Youth between the ages 5-21 with a keen interest to advance their traditional Gaelic cultural skills including fiddle, pipes, piano/guitar accompaniment, language, storytelling, song and dance.
This year’s recipients are Vincent McDonald, a fiddler and Gaelic learner from Halifax ($1,000); Cameron MacNeil, a piper and dancer from Christmas Island ($1,000), and Ruby MacDonald, a fiddler, Gaelic singer, and dancer from Creignish ($500).
Since 2014, the Highland Village has distributed $15,500 to 17 youth to help them with their cultural journey. For more information see treasuresofyouth.ca
(L-R) Susan MacNeil, Treasures of Youth Committee member; Vincent McDonald, Scholarship Recipient; Ruby MacDonald, Scholarship Recipient; Cameron MacNeil, Scholarship Recipient; Meaghan O’Handley, Committee member; and Margie Beaton, Committee Member.
Applications must be completed on-line through the CFNS website. The deadline for scholarship applications is April 30th, 2022.
Fiddle Loan Application
Stòras na h-Òigridh currently has fiddles available for up-and-coming youth fiddlers for a three-year loan. Included in the loan program is the violin 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 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 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.