Nova Scotians are once again getting the chance to further their study of Gaelic language and culture in Scotland. Now in its fourth year, the bursary program supports Nova Scotians attending language training in Scotland with travel, meal and accommodation or distance learning costs. The program is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Gaelic Affairs. “The program provides an opportunity to Nova Scotians to further their Gaelic language and cultural skills through international travel and study or distance learning,” said Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey. Bursary recipients will enroll in Gaelic-language study at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a national centre for Gaelic language and culture on the Isle of Skye in Scotland and attend formal classes. Recipients may also enroll in a distance learning course. “It is a wonderful program that provided me with an amazing opportunity through which I learned so much. I feel privileged to have been chosen as one of the 2015 recipients,” said Joanie MacDonald of New Glasgow. “Through shared Gaelic language and common cultural origins this initiative reinforces the strong links between Scotland and Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Alasdair Allan, Minister for Scotland’s Languages, The Scottish Government. “I encourage Nova Scotians to apply and to contribute to strengthening the Gaelic language and the links between both our communities.” Applicants must be at least 18 years old and permanent residents of Nova Scotia to qualify for the bursary. The deadline for applications is Feb. 19. For more information about applying to the bursary program, contact Lewis MacKinnon at 902-424-4298 or [email protected] .