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1916 Bursary Fund

What is the 1916 Bursary Fund?
The 1916 Bursary Fund was established by the Department of Education and Skills. The purpose of the Fund is to encourage participation and success by students who are most economically disadvantaged and who are from communities significantly underrepresented in higher education. All of the higher education institutions are awarding the Bursaries through regional clusters.

1916 Bursary Fund: South Cluster SOAR Project
The South Cluster is comprised of 5 higher education institutions: Cork Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Carlow, Institute of Technology Tralee, University College Cork and Waterford Institute of Technology. The bursary fund will be administered through the Cluster South’s SOAR Project. The SOAR Project is an inter-institutional Access initiative funded under the Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Fund. The South Cluster have a total of 35 bursaries available to award to students applying to these higher education institutions.

What is the value of a 1916 Bursary?
Each student who is awarded the 1916 Bursary Fund will receive a bursary to the amount of €5,000 per annum for the normal duration of a full-time undergraduate programme. A bursary will be awarded for the normal duration of a part-time undergraduate course up to a maximum period of six years.

Applications for the 1916 Bursary for the 2020-2021 academic year are now open.
See below for link to the online Application (Part I).

FURTHER INFORMATION

Applications will only be considered from students that meet the following eligibility criteria set out by the Department of Education and Skills:

 

1. The applicant is from a socio-economically disadvantaged background and can provide evidence of such by demonstrating:

 

Applicant would be eligible for the Special Rate Level of Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grant

 

and/or

 

the household / family gross reckonable income was less than €24,500 in 2019 and includes a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection means-tested social welfare payment(s).

 

2. Applicant must be from at least one of the following target groups:

  • Socio-economically disadvantaged communities;
  • Socio-economic groups that have low participation rates in higher education;
  • Students with a disability;
  • Lone parents in receipt of a means-tested social welfare payment;
  • Irish Travellers;
  • First time, mature student entrants;
  • Students entering on the basis of a QQI Further Education award;
  • Persons from Ethnic Minorities who are lawfully present in the State and are:
    • – a national of a Member State, a state which is a contracting state to the EEA agreement or the Swiss Confederation,
      – or person whose current immigration status or leave to remain under the Department of Justice and Equality, is one of the following:

      • refugee (including programme refugees);
      • subsidiary protection;
      • permission to remain as the family member of an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen under the European Communities (Free
        Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 and 2008 and EU Directive 2004/38/EC (EU Treaty Rights provisions);

      • permission to remain because of marriage/civil partnership with an Irish national or as dependent child of such person;
      • a person in respect of whom the Minister for Justice and Equality has granted humanitarian leave to remain in the State under any enactment for the time being in force;
      • permission to remain following a decision not to deport under Sections 3 of the Immigration Act 1999;
      • permission to remain as a dependent child of a person who has acquired Irish Citizenship by naturalisation, residing in the State.; or
      • a person granted permission to reside in the State under Section 49 of the International Protection Act 2015(No.66 of 2015)
        For further clarification, see section 14 of the Student Support Act 2011 and regulation 5 the Student Support Regulations 2020 (Statutory Instrument No. 77 of 2020).

    3. Be a new entrant pursuing an undergraduate course and progressing to higher education for the first time in the 2020-2021 academic year.

     

    4. Have been a resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years on the date of which the first year of study commences.

     

    5. Be studying an approved full-time or part-time undergraduate course leading to a major higher education and training award at Level 6 (Higher Certificate), Level 7 (Ordinary Bachelor Degree), Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree) on the national framework of qualifications or equivalent awards that take no less than two years to complete in one of the SOAR Project South Cluster Higher Education Institutions.

    How many Bursaries will be awarded in the South Cluster SOAR Project?
    The South Cluster SOAR Project have a total of 35 bursaries available to award in 2020-2021.

    I am a Postgraduate Student. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary Fund?
    No. The 1916 Bursary Fund is only open to first time, new entrant pursuing an undergraduate course and progressing to higher education for the first time in the 2020-2021 academic year.

    I am already in college. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary Fund?
    No. The 1916 Bursary Fund is only open to first time, new entrant pursuing an undergraduate course and progressing to higher education for the first time in the 2020-2021 academic year.

    I am a part-time student. Can I apply for the 1916 Bursary Fund?
    Yes, but only if you are pursuing an approved part time undergraduate course leading to a major higher education and training award at Level 6 (Higher Certificate), Level 7 (Ordinary Bachelor Degree), Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree) on the national framework of qualifications or equivalent awards that take no less than two years to complete in one of the SOAR Project South Cluster Higher Education Institutions.

    I am repeating first year. Can I apply?
    Applications from those currently repeating Year 1 of their undergraduate programme will only be considered in cases where evidence is supplied that a significant life event was the reason for poor performance in the last academic year. Examples of such life events include major ill health which was certified at the time, pregnancy, bereavement in the immediate family.

    When will I be told the outcome of my application?
    It expected that applicants will be informed of the outcome by the end of November 2020.

    If my application is unsuccessful, can I make an appeal?
    Yes the South Cluster SOAR Project is committed to ensuring the all applications are assessed fairly, accurately and according to the Department of Education and Skills guidelines. All appeals will be considered by an Independent Appeals Panel. The grounds for appeal are:
    That you believe there was an “administrative error in assessment” i.e. that you think a mistake was made when your application was being reviewed that led to you not being awarded the Bursary.

    How do I make an appeal?
    Information on the South Cluster SOAR Project Appeals Process will be published later.

    Will the 1916 Bursary Fund affect my SUSI Grant?
    Students will be entitled to hold the 1916 Bursary and the student grant simultaneously, where they meet the eligibility conditions of the student grant scheme. The 1916 Bursary will be an income disregard for the purposes of ‘reckonable income’ in the student grant scheme.

    Will the Bursary affect my Social Welfare payment?
    No – the 1916 Bursary Fund does not affect your means tested or other payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

    Can I keep my Rent Allowance and Medical Card with the 1916 Bursary Fund?
    The Bursary should not be counted as income when you are being assessed for any means tested payments.

    Can I hold the 1916 Bursary Fund if I have been awarded other Scholarships?
    Applicants cannot hold the 1916 Bursary and other scholarships.

    Can I avail of the supports of the Fund for Students with Disabilities if I get the 1916 Bursary Fund? Yes. The ESF Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) provides funding directly to higher and further education institutions to provide supports and services to ensure that eligible learners with disabilities can participate on an equal basis with their peers (www.studentfinance.ie). Individual HEI’s make applications to the fund on behalf of eligible students following an assessment of needs. Students cannot make applications directly to the fund.

    Are there any other financial supports available in college?
    Yes. Each Higher Education Institution has a Student Assistance Fund to support qualifying students experiencing financial hardship. Please contact the Access Service of the college to find out more.

    If I am awarded the 1916 Bursary Fund, how will I be paid?
    You will be paid by electronic payment to your bank account.

    What is expected of me if I am awarded a 1916 Bursary Fund?
    1916 Bursary Fund Recipients are expected to:
    • Agree to the terms and conditions of the 1916 Bursary Fund.
    • Adhere to the rules and regulations of your institution.
    • Engage and co-operate with the department managing the 1916 Bursary Fund in your institution.
    • Recipients may be asked to attend or be part of events organised by the institution to increase awareness of the 1916 Bursary Fund.

    If I am awarded the 1916 Bursary Fund, can I repeat a year of study?
    The 1916 Bursary Fund cannot be paid for a repeat year unless the institution agrees that there were “exceptional circumstances” i.e. medical or personal reasons why you could not complete the year. You would be expected to provide written evidence of your illness or personal situation from a professional outside your family group. You would also be expected to work with the student supports within your institution during your difficulty and at a minimum have advised someone in your college that you have an issue ongoing.

    Data Sharing
    Data sharing arrangements will be in place between the participating South Cluster Higher Education Institutions, subject to data protection considerations.

    How do I get more information?
    Please email
    1916BursaryQueries@soarforaccess.ie with your query.

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    PARTNERS

    • CORK
      INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    • INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
      CARLOW
    • INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
      TRALEE
    • UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK
    • WATERFORD
      INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY