APPLICATIONS FOR THE 1916 BURSARY FUND FOR 2018/19 ARE NOW OPEN. THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF COMPLETED APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY 2019 AT 12 NOON. FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO APPLY PLEASE SEE BELOW.
The bursary is only open to first time entrants who are currently registered and attending in year 1 of an approved undergraduate course here in IT Tralee.
Please note:Students 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.
The 1916 Bursary Fund was announced by the Minister for Education and Skills. The purpose of this funding is to encourage participation and success by students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education due to socio-economic disadvantage. The South Cluster of Higher Education Institutions has been awarded 35 bursaries in total.
Up to seven bursaries will be made available for ITT students. The bursaries are to the amount of €5,000 for each year of an undergraduate programme.
Applications will only be considered from students who meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
Applicants must be on the highest level of the SUSI grant and/or are in receipt of a DSP means-tested social welfare payment;
Applicants must be new entrants pursuing an undergraduate course and progressing to higher education for the first time;
You must be studying on 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 Degree) or Level 8 (Honours Degree) on the national framework of qualifications, or equivalent awards and that takes not less than two years to complete;
Applicants must be resident in the state for 3 of the last 5 years on the date on which a year of study commences
Applicants must also be from one or more of the following target groups:
Students from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds
First time, mature student entrants;
Students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students are who deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment;
Further education award holders;
Lone parents in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment (at least 20% of the bursaries will be targeted at lone parents);
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);
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;
Humanitarian leave to remain granted before the Immigration Act 1999 came into effect;
Permission to remain following a decision not to deport under Sections 3 of the immigration Act 1999; or
Permission to remain as a dependent child of a person who has acquired Irish Citizenship by naturalisation, residing in the state.
For further clarification, please see section 14 of the Student Support Act 2011 and regulation 5 of the Student Support Regulations 2018, SI 125 of 2018.
As it is expected that the number of applications will exceed the number of bursaries available, IT Tralee will prioritise those who can provide evidence of membership of more than one of the categories listed and will give due regard to ensuring that the benefit of the bursaries is maximised. Applicants must clearly demonstrate the significance and impact of the socio-economic disadvantage and barriers experienced.
This formal review and appeals process is the mechanism through which an unsuccessful application outcome can be re-examined.
Applicants can apply to have their applications re-examined if they 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.
Unsuccessful applicants will be given more information on how to appeal once the deadline for applications has passed.
Successful applicants will be entitled to hold the 1916 Bursary and the SUSI grant simultaneously. The 1916 Bursary is not included in the calculation of “reckonable income” in the SUSI grant scheme.
The bursary will have no impact on the recipients DSP social welfare payment and will not affect a student’s Back to Education entitlement. The bursary will be an income disregard for the purposes of means tested social welfare payments.
Therefore, successful applicants will receive the 1916 Bursary payment in addition to the income supports they are already receiving.
Students can apply by completing the 1916 Bursary online application form. The deadline for receipt of completed online applications is Monday, 11th February 2019 at 12noon. No late applications will be accepted. Please Note: It may take some time to collect the necessary supporting documentation so students are advised to begin their applications early. It is important that students upload all the necessary supporting documentation in order to be considered.
The supporting documentation that applicants will need to include as part of their application will vary from one applicant to the next. The following is a checklist of supporting documents required for each section of the application form. It is important that applicants include all relevant supporting documentation to support their application.
Supporting Documents Required
1. All applicants MUST include the following with their application:
Applicants in receipt of the higher rate of SUSI grant:
A letter from SUSI stating you have been awarded the special rate grant.
Applicants in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment:
A letter from the DSP which states that you are currently in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment
2. Supporting documents that MUST be submitted for each target group: (It is important that applicants include supporting documents for all of the categories that they qualify under)
First time Mature Student
Person with a Disability
Applicants can give consent to IT Tralee’s Access & Disability Services confirming their registration with the institutes disability services. OR
Submit a document as proof of disability e.g., a letter from a medical practitioner/support professional
A letter from the DSP confirming the applicant is currently in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment.
Persons from Ethnic minorities (as outlined)
Evidence of official documentation of the applicants status, as per the Department of Justice & Equality.
A letter from a Traveller Advocacy Group confirming status i.e. Pavee Point/ITM/Local Traveller Support Group.
Students who entered IT Tralee on the basis of a further education award
Copy of your Certificate/Award
3. Optional supporting documentation:
Applicants who are connected to a community/advocacy group or other outside agency can upload a formal reference from a relevant employee.
Note:If you have been actively engaged with a community support service e.g. Kerry Travellers Health & Community Development Project, your local Family Resource Centre, Disability Advocacy group, Social Worker etc. you are encouraged to ask them for a letter of support and include it in your application.