Various groups and individuals that support the aims and objectives of the Gaelic College have established bursaries to assist students.
Only registered students qualify to apply.
Please note: The deadline to apply for bursaries is June 1, 2013.
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.
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 MARY JOHNSON BOEHL MUSIC BURSARY
A $450 bursary, available for a Victoria County youth student with primary interest in tradition Cape Breton or Celtic Music.
THE NORTH SHORE GAELIC BURSARY
One $200 bursary awarded to a youth studying Gaelic Language is available with preference being given to Cape Breton students.
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.
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.
GAELIC COLLEGE FOUNDATION BURSARY
This bursary covers tuition only for a live-in student to attend two of the youth sessions during the 2011 Summer School.
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.
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.
THE 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.
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. Five $500 bursaries are offered in 2011 to Cape Breton students and are not limited to any specific discipline.
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.
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 JOHNNIE MACDOUGALL FIDDLE BURSARY
This $50 (2 - $25 prizes to most improved fiddler for session 1A and 1B) bursary was inspired by the legacy of Johnnie MacDougall (born and raised in Cape Breton with a passion for Cape Breton fiddling), when two of his great grandchildren began playing the fiddle. As a 70th birthday present to Johnnie MacDougall's son this annual bursary was born. This bursary is designed to support young beginning fiddlers who are attending their first or second year of fiddling at the Gaelic College.
ST ANDREW'S SOCIETY OF DETROIT BURSARY
Two $200 bursaries are available to any student attending the Gaelic College majoring in Gaelic Language.
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 awareded 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 awareded based on the student's ability, interest and need.
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 CAPE BRETON GAELIC SOCIETY BURSARY
Two $500 bursaries offered to students attending the Youth Immersion week at the Gaelic College.