GAA Announce Details of National Student Bursaries Scheme

The GAA today unveiled details of their National Bursaries scheme for students attending Higher Education colleges as part of its ongoing commitment to Player Welfare. The scheme, which is now in its second year, will be open to members of the Association who are attending a full-time Higher Education course (except those who hold another GAA-related or college scholarship/bursary) and who are active participants in their Higher Education club. Such students may often feel the necessity to work during their college years, but these grants will now allow them to work with their College GAA Club in a variety of areas without having to find work outside the college Speaking today, the GAA President Nickey Brennan said: “It is envisaged that recipients will be selected on the basis of their playing commitment and administrative or coaching commitment to the college club. 20% of all awards in each province each year will be granted to students excelling in the areas of coaching and administration.” The President went on to pay tribute to the voluntary work of students with their College GAA Clubs and said that the bursary scheme would assist students, who might otherwise have to work to meet the costs of their education, in devoting more time to the promotion of Gaelic games in their respective colleges. It was confirmed that the Bursaries will be administered by the respective Provincial Councils and that applications for the scheme will be considered by a sub-committee in each province, which will include representatives nominated by the Provincial Council and representatives of Comhairle Ard-Oideachais/ Higher Education colleges. It was also confirmed that in total, the GAA would be investing €260,000 in the scheme this year, with the Provincial Councils contributing €155,000 of this amount and the balance coming from central resources. Each bursary granted will be for €1000/£800 and payment will be made annually in two instalments of €500/£400. Further information and application forms for this year’s scheme are currently available to download from www.gaa.ie, the various GAA Provincial Council websites and offices and from the Higher Education Colleges website http://he.gaa.ie/. All completed forms should be returned to the relevant Provincial Council and the closing date for application will be November 1st 2008.

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