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JP McManus Student Scholarships



Employment and Learning Minister, Danny Kennedy and Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, have launched this year’s All Ireland Scholarships Scheme for students in Northern Ireland.

The annual scholarships, funded by businessman JP McManus and now in their third year, provide financial assistance to top-performing students from low income households who intend to take up full-time undergraduate courses in the coming autumn. The value of each scholarship is £5,500 per annum for the course duration. This equates up to a maximum scholarship of £22,000 for a four year course.

Speaking at the launch Minister for Employment and Learning, Danny Kennedy, said: "It is important that all young people have the opportunity to benefit from higher education, irrespective of their social background. Access to higher education must be based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay. These scholarships recognise academic achievement and will enable 25 students from post primary schools and Further Education Colleges to have the opportunity to access the best that higher education can provide.

"I commend JP McManus for his philanthropy in providing these scholarships which ease the financial concerns of the students and the financial burden on their parents."

Caitríona Ruane, Education Minister said: “These scholarships represent an opportunity to those who might not be able to afford access to third level education. The skills and qualifications acquired through higher education can broaden horizons and prospects, benefiting not only the individual but also our wider communities.

“I would like to commend JP McManus for his foresight in supporting these scholarships, helping students to follow their chosen career path. His generous support is particularly welcome at a time when many families are facing increased financial pressures.

“I have therefore written to all Principals asking them to highlight these awards and to bring them to their students’ attention and I would encourage all eligible students to apply.”

Three students who are currently in receipt of the scholarships also attended the launch and lent their support to the scheme. Bernadette Kevin, a Queen’s University medical student, emphasising the importance of the scholarship scheme, said: "Medicine is a notoriously expensive course and this scholarship has enabled me to pay for things like GP-Attachment travel expenses and medical textbooks. It is an incentive to students from all economic backgrounds to work hard and achieve their dreams."

Nathan Tate, a University of Ulster marketing student, said: “I think that the scholarship is unique. It is a very generous gift from the McManus Trust. Winning it has given me the extra motivation to go on from what I have achieved already.”

Application forms and further information on how to apply are available on the Departmental websites: and , CCEA: and the Colleges NI website:

Closing date for receipt of application forms is 31 May 2011.


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