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All Ireland Scholarship 2018 
(JP McManus Scholarship)

Application forms & Guidance materials will be available in March
for the All Ireland Scholarship 2018 

The All Ireland Scholarship Scheme ( JP McManus Scholarship) 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 educational 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 attend a regional FE College and be:

  • Studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma 
  • In receipt of Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
  • Planning to go to university in September 2018 to study an Undergraduate Degree. 

All 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 to your desktop and then right click and select open and select Adobe product to open with. 

Detailed information on the application and selection process:

  • Click on this link for a copy of the 2017 Guidance Notes Click Here
  • Click on this link for a copy of the Frequently Asked Questions 2017  Click Here
  • The NI Direct website also has Further Information Click Here

Submitting Application Forms

Applications from students at FE Colleges must be received by Colleges NI and can be submitted by either Post or Email:

  • By POST - Attention of Aisling Twomey, Colleges Northern Ireland, Hawthorn Business Park, 39 Stockman's Way, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT9 7ET

What happens beyond the June deadline?

Students will receive a letter in July 2018 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 2018/2019.

  • 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 be accepted.  

AllStudents will be asked to send all the above by post to Colleges NI by the deadline - any late applications will not be processed.

When are the 6 successful FE applicants notified?

The Department for the Economy, on behalf of the Trust, will notify those applicants in contention for the Scholarship by the end of September 2018. 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 in Limerick in November 2018. 

A link to the photos from last year's event are available at 2017 Photos

Contact details

 FE students wishing to apply for the Scholarship can contact Aisling Twomey at Colleges NI for more information:

  • Telephone: 02890 684956

More information on the Scholarship 

All Ireland Website