MORE than thirty eager and enthusiastic young pupils from all over the county received full Gaeltacht summer scholarships at a special ceremony in the Council Chamber at the Public Services Centre on Wednesday night.
The students were presented with their scholarships by Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle.
Also in attendance was the Chief Executive, Seamus Neely, the Chairperson of Coiste na Gaeilge, Cllr Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig and Cllr John Shéamais Ó Fearraigh.
Donegal County Council said they are very grateful to the Gaeltacht Colleges of Donegal that support the scheme in a partnership involving joint funding between the Council and the Colleges. The total value of the Scholarships each year can come an estimated €25,000 depending on the duration of the courses selected by the successful applicants. The Scholarship Scheme has been in place for over twenty years now, with more than 600 pupils throughout the county having received full scholarships down through the years.
The Summer Colleges play a huge role in the economic life of the Gaeltacht, bringing jobs, income, retail customers, and greater use of services. In return, the pupils get steeped in the rich native language of the Gaeltacht, and get a flavour of community and home life in the Gaeltacht. In addition to the courses and classes, many of the colleges offer a wide range of social events, activities, sports etc.
Most of the courses take place throughout the months of June, July and early August and feedback to the Council continues to be extremely positive.