1st September 2009
The Students’ Support Scheme was established in 2005 by Comunn na Gàidhlig to provide help to students who are studying Gaelic courses in universities and colleges throughout Scotland. The financial assistance being awarded through the Scheme will be of great help to students to defray some of the costs arising from their studies. The Students’ Support Scheme is administered by Comunn na Gàidhlig, with funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
This scheme gives priority to students who are studying Gaelic teaching courses although it is also open to students who are studying other Gaelic courses.
Assistance will be given to students who have to pay their own tuition fees, providing evidence is provided that the application is appropriate and that there are no other sources that would meet fund these costs.
After having considered and agreed awards to applications from students undertaking Gaelic teaching courses, any money left over in the budget will be shared amongst other applicants in the form of a bursary, at the Chief Executive’s discretion. The number of students who will receive a bursary and the sums they will be awarded will depend on the number of applications received.
Once Comunn na Gàidhlig has considered all the applications and has come to an agreement on the awards, cheques will be sent out, to the students who were successful with their application. Comunn na Gàidhlig require students to provide a short report at the end of the semester, detailing their progress in college/university and outlining their future plans.
Last year, a sum of almost £20,000 was paid out between 55 students who were undertaking a variety of Gaelic courses in universities and colleges across Scotland.