"Gheibh cobhartach spionnadh-iasaid"
The StFX Celtic Studies department maintains and awards a number of scholarships aiming to reward student excellence and to support the study of Celtic languages in Canada and abroad.
The Rev. John MacGillivray Gaelic Scholarship for Summer Study in Scotland is given each summer to a StFX Gaelic student who has completed at least two years of Scottish Gaelic at StFX.
The following awards are generally awarded on an annual basis to students who excel in Celtic Studies courses. Preference is given to students in the Celtic language courses. Each award is valued at $500.
- Honourable Allan J. MacEachen Fellowship for Celtic Studies
- The Rev Donald M. Rankin Scholarship for Celtic Studies
- The Reverend John Archie Chisholm Memorial Award
- Angus L. Macdonald Memorial Scholarship for Celtic Studies
- Angus Dan Gillis Award in Celtic Studies
- Flora MacDonald Award in Celtic Studies
- Fr. Malcolm MacDonell Award in Celtic Studies
Celtic Travel Bursary
This bursary, which was established by Fr. Vern Boutilier, is open to all Nova Scotians between the ages of 18 and 29. It provides travel expenses to one of the Celtic countries up to a limit of $1,200.
Applicants must provide evidence of serious interest or leadership in Celtic culture as demonstrated by courses at the university or high school level or under home or community learning in language, music, dance, genealogy or Celtic Studies. Preference will be given to Gaelic learners. At least one award will be given to a Gaelic learner currently enrolled in a Gaelic learning program. If the applicant is a home or community learner a test as to Gaelic competence will be administered.
Preference will be given to Gaelic speakers and those currently studying Gaelic at the beginner or intermediate level and who are also proficient in one or more expressions of the culture in song, dance (step, Highland, Scottish country), fiddle, pipes, piano, genealogy or history of Cape Breton and other Scottish settlements or knowledge and/or interest in the history of their homeland or country to be visited.
Please note that, as stated above, this bursary is open to all young Nova Scotians who meet the criteria. Generally three to seven awards are made annually. To date more than fifty individuals have been recipients of the bursary. For further details contact the Chair of the Celtic Studies Department at StFX by March 31:
Chair, Dept of Celtic Studies
RE: Celtic Travel Bursary
St. Francis Xavier University
P.O. Box 5000
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
B2G 2W5 Canada
Duncan Hugh and Millie MacLellanBursary--Due November 2
This bursary was established by Hugh and Pat Maccagno in honour of Pat’s parents. Duncan Hugh and Millie MacLellan lived exemplary lives. Besides raising 8 children, they organized and participated in sports, community and church activities. They helped many in need, including preparing and serving suppers for society’s lost people. They had a love of Celtic music, especially as played at Cape Breton “Ceilidhs” by local musicians. This tradition and culture flowed from Duncan’s parents, Angus Y and Maggie MacLellan. Angus, during his spare time as Margaree Island lighthouse keeper, wrote wonderful poetry and songs in his ancestral Gaelic. Some of his songs have been recorded by celebrated Nova Scotia musicians. This award is available to one full-time student per year with a minimum average of 75. The student must demonstrate financial need. The award will alternate in 4 year cycles between students majoring in Celtic Studies and students in the Bachelor of Science program. The award will be renewable if the applicant continues to meet the criteria. Preference will be given first to students from Nova Scotia, then Atlantic Canada. For the 2012-13 academic year we are accepting applications from third year Celtic Studies students.
Award Value: up to $3000