Scholarships

J P McManus All Ireland Scholarship Scheme

Please note: Applications for this scholarship are now closed, for more information please contact the Development Trust Office.

The All Ireland Scholarship Scheme, funded by JP McManus, provides financial support of £5,500 per academic year to the top-performing students from low-income households, intending to do an undergraduate course in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

The scheme will provide twenty-five scholarships per year to top-performing students in receipt of the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), and who live in Northern Ireland, and attend a grant aided post primary school or further education college in Northern Ireland.

Subject to conditions, scholarships awarded will be renewed annually and continue until the chosen course is completed.  If a student is undertaking a gap year or paid work placement as part of their undergraduate course, the scholarship payments may be withheld for that year.

Twenty five scholarships will be awarded across two categories:

  • to the top performing ‘A’ level students from grant aided post primary schools - a minimum of two scholarships will be awarded in each county of Northern Ireland, based on the students' home addresses
  • six scholarships will be awarded to the top Level 3 Extended Diploma students from further education colleges

Re-marks will be taken into account.  Applicants must indicate their intention to apply for re-marks on the ‘Confirmation of A Level Results form’ and submit this to CCEA.  Applicants should apply for re-marks as soon as possible after receipt of A level results using Priority Service 2.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must:

  • be receiving the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
  • live in and attend a grant aided post primary school or further education college in Northern Ireland
  • have an offer to start an undergraduate degree course at University in the UK or Republic of Ireland in academic year 2016/17
  • have completed at least three A levels from any awarding body (and have sat these exams for the first time) or a Level 3 Extended Diploma by the summer of 2016

Additional criteria based on prior qualifications may be applied in the event of a dead heat situation.

You are not eligible if you:

  • have  been offered or are in receipt of a scholarship or award* from another scholarship scheme, trust, public body or other EU member state
  • are applying to do a foundation degree
  • are repeating your examinations

*The awards of scholarships, prizes or bursaries granted by the University you are due to attend does not exclude you from this scheme

How to apply

The application process for the 2016 scholarship scheme is now open – please see the links below for further information

Please ensure you read the full guidance notes and frequently asked questions before applying.

Closing date for applications is Friday 24 June 2016.

For further information and to access an application form please visit:

Contact details

For further information on this scholarship please contact:

Development Trust Office

Tel: +44(0)1952 81 5095

Closing date

Friday 24 June 2016

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