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Awards & Bursaries

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Mary Immaculate College celebrates the diverse achievements of students with a number of awards and bursaries throughout the year. In the words of Prof. Eugene Wall, President of MIC, at the 2017 College Awards: “Individually and collectively, all of the students, both current and graduated, whom we honour embody our College’s mission - ultimately to make the world a better place through our ideas, our innovations and our engagement”.

The variety of awards and bursaries on offer recognise the contributions of both undergraduate and postgraduate students at MIC, not just in the academic sphere but also in the world of sports, arts and culture and volunteerism. 

MIC staff, the Students' Union, the MIC Foundation, partner colleges and outside bodies such as the Diocese of Limerick, the INTO and the GAA work together to support and administer these accolades to reward deserving recipients. 

College Awards
College Awards
Students are rewarded for achievements in participation as well as academic pursuits.

Awards

Mary Immaculate College is an institution with programmes in Education and the Liberal Arts, and recognises academic excellence in both of those diverse areas with a number of Academic Awards each year.

  • Special Awards in Arts
  • Excellence in Liberal Arts Specialisms: Gaeilge, History and Mathematics
  • Excellence in Psychology
  • College Medals (presented to student(s) who achieved first place in each of the following programme)BA in Liberal Arts 
  • French Embassy Prize (presented to the BA graduate who has made the greatest progress in French over the course of her/ his undergraduate studies)
  • Saint Bonaventure Trust Prize (presented to the graduate on the BA in Liberal Arts programme who is awarded first place in Theology and Religious Studies)
  • Excellence in Education Specialisms: Educational Disadvantage, Early Childhood Studies, Language & Literacy, Music Education, Physical Education, Primary Geography & Global Learning, Special Education and Visual Arts Education
  • Excellence in the Joint Specialism; Theology & Religious Studies & Religious Education
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching - BA in Education, Business Studies & Religious Studies
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching - BA in Education, Business Studies & Accounting
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching - BA in Education, Irish & Religious Studies
  • Excellence in Multidisciplinary Education - Bachelor of Education 
  • Excellence in Professional Placement - BA in Early Childhood Care & Education
  • Excellence in Education Research & the Dissertation - BA in Early Childhood Care & Education
  • Excellence in Professional Placement - BA in Early Childhood Practice
  • Excellence in School Placement - Professional Masters in Education (Primary Teaching)
  • Excellence in Education Research & the Dissertation - Professional Masters in Education (Primary Teaching)
  • Saint Bonaventure Trust Award (presented to the graduate on the B Ed programme who is awarded first place in Theology and Religious Studies)
  • Award for Outstanding Achievement
  • College Medals (presented to students who achieved first place in each of the following programmes): Bachelor of Education; Bachelor of Education in Education and PsychologyBA in Education, Business Studies and Accounting; BA in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies; BA in Education, Irish and Business Studies; BA in Education, Irish and Religious Studies and Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching).

Certificate in Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) Programme

  • Early Childhood Ireland Best LINC Portfolio Award
  • Best Regional LINC Portfolio Award (presented to students in nine all regions where programme is delivered)
  • College Medal for first place in LINC Programme

Carlisle & Blake Prize

Presented by the Department of Education and Science to the graduate who is awarded first place in Education, Theory and Practice 

Bonn Vere Foster

Presented by the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) to the Graduate who is awarded first place in School Placement and Curriculum Education. There are separate awards for the B Ed and the B Ed in Education and Psychology programmes.

Certificate in Religious Education Medal

Diocese of Limerick Medal presented to a graduate on each of the B Ed / B Ed in Education and Psychology, and graduate Diploma in Education (Primary Teaching) programmes who is awarded first place in the Certificate in Religious Education.

Kieran Burke Fellowship

Presented to the graduate who achieved first place in Education (Educational Psychology at the Dissertation). The fellowship is awarded by the College in memory of the late Kieran Burke, Lecturer in Psychology, 1974-1994.

Peadar Cremin Fellowship

Presented to the graduate who achieved first place in Education Research and the dissertation on the Bachelor of Education Programme. This fellowship is awarded by the College in memory of the late Prof. Peadar Cremin, President of Mary Immaculate College, 1999 – 2011.

Frostburg Scholarship

Presented to the Graduate who was successful in a competitive process amongst the highest achieving graduate of the B Ed and B Ed in Education and Psychology programmes. This scholarship is presented by the College’s Faculty of Education in conjunction with Frostburg State University in Maryland, USA.

West Chester Scholarship

Presented to the two graduates who were successful in a competitive process amongst the highest achieving graduates of the B Ed and the B Ed in Education and Psychology programmes. This scholarship is presented by the College’s Faculty of Education in conjunction with the West Chester University, Pennsylvania.

  • MIC Doctoral Award
  • MIC Doctoral Studentship
  • MIC Postgraduate Award

The award is presented to the student who is deemed to have made the most significant contribution to society through his/her participation in volunteering initiatives in either the cultural or social sphere.

This award is dedicated to the memory of John Loftus Hayden. John was the Chief Executive Officer of the HEA from 1983-2003, a period of intensive activity in higher education in Ireland. Following his retirement in 2003, he became a Governor of Mary Immaculate College in 2004 and served on An tÚdarás Rialaithe until 2013, during which time he made a very valuable contribution to the development of the College. John was appointed to the MIC Board of Trustees in September 2013. He passed away in June 2015.

 

These awards, which are now in their ninth year, are supported equally by the MIC Foundation (through a kind donation from Denis Brosnan) and MISU (Students’ Union) They are given in recognition to students who demonstrate excellence in an area of endeavour such as music, arts, sport etc.

Medals are awarded annually to students in recognition of their success at national club and county level in hurling, camogie and Gaelic football throughout the year.

College Awards
College Awards
Daniel Kelly receiving the Saint Bonaventure Trust Award from Bishop Brendan Leahy.

Scholarships & Bursaries

The bursaries are valued at €1,250 each and awarded to two students each year.

Fifty entrance scholarships, spread across all nine of MIC's undergraduate programmes and valued at €2,000 each, are awarded to incoming first year students based on the highest points achieved through the CAO system. 

The bursaries, valued at €750 each, are awarded for sporting achievements of male and female students within the arena of intervarsity, club, county and regional Gaelic Games.

The 1916 Bursary Fund, funded by the Department of Education and Skills, commemorates the centenary of 1916 as part of an overall series of measures to encourage participation and success by students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education. The 1916 Bursary Fund will provide financial support to students identified by higher education institutions as being the most socio-economically disadvantaged from specified target groups, and it will complement existing student supports and access initiatives.

Eligible students must have entered the first year of their undergraduate course in 2018/2019 in Mary Immaculate College via one of the following pathways:

  1. Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)
  2. Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) - priority will go to:
    • Students with a physical/mobility impairment
    • Students who are deaf/hard of hearing
    • Students who are blind or have a visual impairment
  3. Mature Student entry (first-time entrants only)
  4. Teacher Education Access Programme/Foundation Certificate
  5. QQI award entry

Students who are eligible through one of these pathways may also be from one of the following target sub-groups:

  • Lone parents
  • Members of the Irish Traveller community
  • Ethnic minorities (including refugees)

All recipients have to be socio-economically disadvantaged regardless of the target group.

Conditions

  • Each bursary will be in the amount of €5,000 per annum
  • Bursaries may be approved for study in any discipline offered by the College  
  • Students are not entitled to receive the 1916 Bursary in conjunction with any other bursary or scholarship, regardless of the value of such bursary or scholarship
  • Students will be entitled to hold the 1916 Bursary and the (SUSI) student grant simultaneously, where they meet the eligibility conditions of the student grant scheme
  • The 1916 Bursary will not be included for the purposes of ‘reckonable income’ in the student grant scheme
  • A bursary will be awarded for the duration of an undergraduate programme, normally four years, subject to continued compliance with the bursary guidelines

Six bursaries are available for 2018/2019.

Procedure for assessment of applications:

  1. All applicants will be initially screened for eligibility via entry pathways as above and also for household income threshold level (less than €23,500).  Applicants must also not be in receipt or any other Bursary or Scholarship.  Applicants who do not meet these initial criteria, or who do not provide the required documentation, will not be shortlisted for further consideration.
  2. Shortlisted applicants in each entry pathway group, with the exception of HEAR, will subsequently be scored on the following: A) Socio-economic group (B) Area profile

Applicants will be ranked by score and then by income level. The 1916 Bursaries will be awarded to the top ranked applicants in each entry pathway category. Personal data that you submit with this application form in connection with the 1916 Bursary Fund will be used to process your application to the bursary and will be treated in accordance with MIC’s data protection policy. 

Application Form

Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships
Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships
Helen Byrne, pictured with her parents who received a scholarship for the B Ed programme at MIC.
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