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All Ireland Scholarship Scheme 2017

The All Ireland Scholarship Scheme will provide twenty-five Scholarships to the top-performing students in receipt of the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), who reside in Northern Ireland (NI) and attend a grant aided Post Primary School or Further Education (FE) College in NI.  The value of the Scholarship is £5,500 per year*. The scholarships will be awarded across two categories:
  • Scholarships will be awarded to the top Level 3 Extended Diploma students from Further Education Colleges 

  • 19 Scholarships will be awarded to the top ‘A’ Level students from grant aided Post Primary Schools.


Eligibility Criteria for FE students
Applicants must from a regional FE College must be:
  • Studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma 
  • In receipt of Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
  • Planning to go to university in September 2017 to study an Undergraduate Degree

Detailed information
  • Click on this link for a copy of the Guidance Notes Click Here
  • Click on this link for a copy of the Frequently Asked Questions Click Here
  • The NI Direct website also has Further Information Click Here

Completing Application Form
FE students must complete an application form which is available to download: Click Here
Note - if you have difficulties opening the Application Form then -  save the document on your desktop and then right click and select open and select adobe product to open with. 

Submitting Application Forms
Applications from students at FE Colleges must be received by Colleges NI
Friday 23 June 2017 - applications can be submitted:

  • By POST - Hawthorn Business Park, 39 Stockman's Way, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT9 7ET.
  • Or by EMAIL - 
What happens beyond the June deadline?
Students will receive an letter in July 2017 from Colleges NI setting out what they need to send by the August deadline. 
The letter will stipulate that applicants should send: 
  • Official confirmation that you hold a conditional offer for a full-time undergraduate degree course in the UK, or the Republic of Ireland, for the academic year 201127/18
  • A photocopy the official documentation from Edexcel to verify your final grades for your Level 3 Extended Diploma.  This MUST include a full transcript of all units undertaken as part of the BTEC award.  A statement with predicted grades will NOT accepted.  
Students will be asked to send all the above by post to Colleges NI - to be received by 25 August 2017. 

When are the 6 successful FE applicants notified?
DfE, on behalf of the Trust, will notify those applicants in contention for the Scholarship by the end of September 2017. Applicants will be asked to confirm, in writing, that he/she intends to enter a full-time undergraduate degree course in the United Kingdom, or the Republic of Ireland, in September/October 2017. 

The 6 successful FE students will be invited to an Awards Ceremony - to be held in Limerick on 25 November 2017.  

A link to the photos from last year's event are available at 2016 Photos

Contact details
FE students may contact Karen Lennon at Colleges NI for more information:
  • Email: 
  • Telephone: 02890 684952.

More information on the Scholarship

All Ireland Website