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How do I apply?

There is one central online application process for the South Cluster higher education institutions. There are two stages to making a complete 1916 Bursary Fund: South Cluster SOAR Project Application:

Stage 1) You must complete all sections of the online 1916 Bursary Fund: South Cluster SOAR Project 2020/2021 Application (Part I). The closing date for completion of Application (Part I)  is 17:00 Friday 16 October 2020.

Stage 2) After CAO Leaving Cert Round One offers, and having submitted Application (Part I) you will receive an email in September 2020 inviting you to complete the online Application (Part II). This will involve providing additional information and uploading supporting documentation to complete your application. The closing date for completion of Application (Part II) is 17:00 Friday 30 October 2020.

You can only apply through the online Application (Part I) and (Part II). You must complete both Applications. Your application will be assessed on the basis of information provided on the online application and the supporting documentation provided.

What is the Application Deadline?

The closing date for completion of Application (Part I) is 17:00 Friday 16 October 2020. 

The closing date for completion of Application (Part II) is 17:00 Friday 30 October 2020.

Application Form

The online application can be assessed from 07 May 2020 on the SOAR Project Website at the following link https://www.soarforaccess.ie/1916-bursary-fund/

All students are advised to first refer to information provided on this website regarding the application process and eligibility criteria.

What type of supporting documentation do I need to supply with my application?

Applicants are required to submit relevant supporting financial and target group documentary evidence. This supporting documentation can only be submitted online in Application (Part II).  The 1916 Bursary Fund South Cluster SOAR Project Supporting Documentation Guide will be available here shortly.

How is my application assessed?

Your application will be assessed on the basis of information provided on the online Application (Part I) and (Part II) and the supporting documentation uploaded with the application. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria as set out by the Department of Education and Skills -  socio-economic (financial) criteria and target group criteria in order to be considered for the bursary. The following additional indicators of socio-economic disadvantage will also be considered:

  • Attended at a DEIS second level school for a minimum of 5 years.
  • Are / were in the Care of the State / TUSLA.
  • Currently residing in Direct Provision / supported accommodation

It is expected that the number of applications will exceed the number of bursaries available. The SOAR Project will prioritise those deemed in greatest need; who are socio-economically disadvantaged and can provide evidence of membership of the target group(s); the institutions 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.

General 1916 Bursary FAQs

  • The South Cluster SOAR Project have a total of 35 bursaries available to award in 2020-2021.

  • No. The 1916 Bursary Fund is only open to first time, new entrants pursuing an undergraduate course and progressing to higher education for the first time in the 2020-2021 academic year.
     

  • No. The 1916 Bursary Fund is only open to first time, new entrants pursuing an undergraduate course and progressing to higher education for the first time in the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • 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 not less than two years to complete in one of the SOAR Project South Cluster Higher Education Institutions.

  • 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.

  • It expected that applicants will be informed of the outcome by the end of November 2020.

  • 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.

  • The South Cluster is committed to ensuring all applications are assessed fairly, accurately and according to the published guidelines. All appeals are considered by an Independent Appeals Panel. The grounds for appeals are:

    That you believe there was an “administrative error in assessment” i.e. that you think a mistake was made when the application was being reviewed that led to you not being awarded the Bursary.  

    An appeal can be made by unsuccessful applicants via an online Appeals form only. The link to the online Appeal form will be communicated to all unsuccessful applicants in the application outcome email. 

    The information submitted and the supporting documentation uploaded to the online Application (Part II) will be used in the consideration of the appeal. No additional information or supporting documentation can be submitted with the appeal. The decision of the Independent Appeals Panel is final. The closing date for submitting an appeal is 17:00 24 November 2020. The outcome of the appeal will be communicated to all appellants within one week of the appeals closing date.

  • 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.

  • No – the 1916 Bursary Fund does not affect your means-tested or other payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

  • The Bursary should not be counted as income when you are being assessed for any means tested payments.

  • Applicants cannot hold the 1916 Bursary and other scholarships.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • You will be paid by electronic payment to your bank account.

  • 1916 Bursary Fund Recipients are expected to:

    keep within the rules and regulations of your institution.
    agree to any assessment set out by your institution for your course.
    engage and co-operate with the department managing the 1916 Bursary Fund in your institution.
    awardees may be asked to attend or be part of events organised by the institution to increase awareness of the 1916 Bursary Fund.

  • 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.