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Awards & Bursaries


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.


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.


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

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.

Munster LGFA will fund three bursaries, valued at €750 each, awarded to current MIC students (undergraduate and full-time postgraduate) who are involved in ladies football in Munster (playing, coaching, administration etc).

Applicants must be a member of an LGFA club in a Munster county. The application process will commence in September 2020.

Rachel was a B Ed graduate of MIC (Class of 2013). She was a member of the College team that won the Giles Cup in 2012 and also played inter-county football with Tipperary. She passed away after a long illness in March 2018. 

The 1916 Bursary Fund 2021/2022

The closing date for applications for the 2021/22 1916 Bursary Fund has been extended to 5.00pm Friday 5th November 2021.

Late applications will not be considered.

Please read through the information below to determine your eligibility to apply.


Applicant Information

The application form and FAQs are available for downloading on the MIC webpage.  Please read through the information below to determine your eligibility to apply. 

The 1916 Bursary Fund, funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) under strand 2 of PATH (Programme for Access to Higher Education), 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 provides financial support to students identified by higher education institutions as being the most socio-economically disadvantaged from specified target groups, and it complements existing student supports and access initiatives. 

The 1916 Bursary Fund is open to all applicants who aim to pursue undergraduate (see eligibility conditions below) in higher education in 2021/22 and to postgraduate applicants who were recipients of a 1916 Bursary in the previous year.

Applicants for an undergraduate 1916 Bursary should have made an application for 2021/22 through the CAO to Mary Immaculate College, via one of the admissions pathways below, in order to be considered for the bursary.  Awardees must have been resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years on the date on which the year of study commences.

1. Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)

2. Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) - priority will go to:

  • students with a physical disability
  • students who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • students who are blind/ visual impaired

3. Mature Student entry (first-time entrants only)

4. QQI award entry

5. Part-time Programme entry


Applicants who have made an application may also be from one of the following target sub-groups:

  • Lone parents 
  • Member of the Irish Traveller community
  • Ethnic minorities (including Programme Refugee and Family Reunification)

If you were awarded a 1916 Bursary Fund for your undergraduate studies, you are eligible to receive a Postgraduate 1916 Bursary for the 2021-22 Academic Year, for either full-time or part-time postgraduate study, if:

  • You have successfully completed and graduated from your undergraduate course.
  • Your postgraduate course is not less than a year.
  • Your chosen course is provided by an approved higher education institution.
  • You do not hold any other bursary, scholarship or award, irrespective of value.


All recipients of the 1916 Bursary must be socio-economically disadvantaged regardless of the target group. Please see eligibility criteria section on application form.


The following are the proposed allocation and conditions of the 1916 Bursary Awards for Academic Year 2021/22 in Mary Immaculate College within the target groups and entry pathways:

Three tiers of bursaries will be available:

Tier 1:  6 Bursaries of €5,000 per annum. 

Tier 2:  3 Bursaries of €2,000 per annum.

Tier 3: once- off bursary of €1,500 for academic year 2021-22 only (number TBC)

This applies to both full and part-time students.

Awardees must have been resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years on the date on which the year of study commences.


Bursaries may be approved for study in any discipline offered by the College.

Awardees are not entitled to receive the 1916 Bursary Fund in conjunction with any other bursary or scholarship, regardless of the value of such bursary or scholarship.

Awardees will be entitled to hold the 1916 Bursary and the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) simultaneously, where they meet the eligibility conditions.

The 1916 Bursary will not be included for the purposes of ‘reckonable income’ in Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).

A bursary will be awarded for the duration of an undergraduate programme, normally four years, or a postgraduate programme, normally one to two years, subject to continued compliance with the bursary guidelines. (Please note that this condition does not apply for students who receive the once-off Tier 3 bursary of €1,500).

Conditional awards of bursaries may be made prior to the awardee’s enrolment in MIC. However, a bursary cannot be conditionally awarded to applicants until they have been formally offered a place at MIC and also until confirmation has been received that they are in receipt of the special rate of SUSI maintenance grant and/or a long term means-tested DEASP payment and also meet other eligibility criteria under this scheme.  Payments of bursaries to successful awardees will not be made until the awardee has formally registered on their course of study in MIC.

Personal data that you submit with the application form in connection with the 1916 Bursary Fund will be used to process your application and will be treated in accordance with MIC’s Data protection policy.  For full detail please see:

Mary Immaculate College will review all applications.

Please download the application form and FAQs. Applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted by email only to by 5.00pm on Friday 5th November 2021.

Supporting documentation submitted after the closing date will not be accepted.   

Enquiries can be directed to


Undergraduate Application Pack: 


Postgraduate Application Pack:


GAA Bursaries
GAA Bursaries
Liam Lenihan, Munster GAA Vice Chairman, presenting Gearóid Cahill with a GAA Bursary Award.

Scholarships & Other Schemes

For more information on scholarships for current and incoming students, click here.

For more information on the Financial Assistance Scheme (specific criteria apply), click here.

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