To ensure that local youth continue the Gaelic traditions
In 2009, the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society celebrated the first 50 years of its mandate, successfully promoting and developing Gaelic culture and heritage, through the establishment of Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village Museum. In 2010, looking ahead toward the next 50 years, the Society founded Stòras na h-Òigridh | Treasures of Youth – an endowment fund set up to ensure that the cultural skills based on Gaelic traditions continue to flourish within Nova Scotia.
The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to up-an-coming Nova Scotia youth between the ages of 5 and 21, who are keen to advance their skills in the Gaelic tradition including: fiddle, pipes, piano, language, storytelling, song and dance.
The Stòras na h-Òigridh | Treasurers of Youth concept was inspired by the enthusiasm of the late Michael Anthony MacLean from Washabuck, NS. Michael Anthony was a well-known fiddler who always had a keen interest in assisting youth to further their skills in playing traditional Cape Breton music, especially the fiddle. The fund was ignited by sales of Michael Anthony MacLean’s “Good Boy M.A.!” CD.
To be eligible for this award, applicants must be Nova Scotians between the ages of five and twenty-one and keen to advance their skills in one or more of the following Scottish Gaelic traditions: fiddle, pipes, piano/guitar accompaniment, language, storytelling, song and dance.
Applicants must indicate which Scottish Gaelic tradition will be the main focus of study if the scholarship is received. Individuals who have received an award will have the opportunity to reapply for a scholarship three years subsequent to their win. Only one financial award per family will be considered annually. Funding requests for post-secondary programs will not qualify.
Typically, one scholarship will be awarded annually. However, we reserve the right to award scholarships on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and the Foundation permit.
The deadline for applications is April 30.