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Sports Scholarships & Bursaries


MIC has a long sporting tradition and is delighted to offer a number of sporting scholarships, bursaries and awards in recognition of the sporting excellence amongst our students. 

These schemes  further develop the relationship between academic excellence, sports and well-being by providing additional supports to students whilst they pursue both their academic and sporting career.

Our range of schemes include:

  • MIC Elite Sports Scholarships
  • MIC CAO Points Concession Scheme
  • MIC GPA Scholarships
  • MIC GAA Bursaries
  • Rachel Kenneally Memorial Award

Two elite scholarships, in memory of former MIC staff members Noreen Lynch and Leonard Enright, are available for those who have excelled in their chosen sport(s). The value of each scholarship is up to €4,000 and is delivered through a bursary and additional benefits. These scholarships are open to incoming applicants in addition to current undergraduate and postgraduate students across both Limerick and Thurles campuses.

Successful applicants for 2021/22 were:
Róisín Howard (PME) from Cahir in Tipperary. This is the second year that Roisin has been selected as an MIC Elite Sports Scholar, in recognition of her dedication to and success in Gaelic Games with both club and county. Roisin, who is a second year Professional Masters of Education (PME) student at MIC, has won All-Ireland Championships in both Gaelic Football and Camogie for the Premier County.

Dessie Hutchinson (BA in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies, MIC Thurles): Waterford hurling star Dessie Hutchinson is the second recipient of the MIC Elite Sports Scholarship in recognition of his influential role with both club and county. The Ballygunner clubman is this year celebrating a third consecutive County Hurling title, with a total personal scoring tally of 12-73 over the three campaigns. He was also chosen as Man of the Match in two of the three finals. A key member of the Waterford Senior Hurling side, Hutchinson made his debut on the panel in 2020 and guided them to a final appearance against eventual winners Limerick.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 1 May (on year of entry).

Details on how to apply available here.

MIC’s CAO Points Concession Sports Scheme is an academic entry scheme for performance athletes applying for a full-time Level 8 Undergraduate programme at MIC Limerick or Thurles. Up to 10 places across all undergraduate programmes will be reserved for outstanding candidates who have achieved a very high level of sporting performance and who are committed to continuing to develop their sporting and academic careers.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 1 May  (on year of entry).

Details on how to apply available here.

The MIC GPA Scholarship Scheme is open to GPA members only who have applied for and are successful in securing a place on MIC’s postgraduate programmes in education and the liberal arts. Two scholarships will be offered on an annual basis with at least one being awarded to a female player. MIC will contribute 50% of the programme fee to a maximum of €2,300 with the GPA contributing the remaining 50% of the programme fee to a maximum of €2300.  If the programme fee is higher than €4,600 then the successful applicant will be liable for any shortfall that may exist. The successful MIC GPA Scholars will play an active role on MIC’s football, camogie or hurling teams and will act as ambassadors for their sport within the College community.

Interested applications can inquire about the scheme and make their initial scholarship application by submitting their CV and cover letter to

Deadline for receipt of completed programme applications is 30 June.

Eligible scholarship applicants apply to their programme of choice at MIC through the normal procedures. See here for full list of MIC postgraduate programmes.

Read more detailed information about the MIC GPA Scholarships in the text field below and see a video about the MIC GPA Scholarships below the accordion list.

More information about the MIC GPA Scholarships

The GPA is dedicated to the personal and professional development of Male and Female inter-county players. The ethos of the GPA is all about people and potential. In a fundamental way the GPA goals and aspirations match those of Mary Immaculate College (MIC) – to be a development partner with its students.

The MIC GPA Scholarship builds on the on the track-record of the organisations in promoting sport and education. It constitutes the development of a relationship between the GPA and MIC culminating in the award of MIC/GPA scholarships for each of the following academic years: 2021/2022, 2022/23 and 2023/24.

  • MIC agrees to make available to members of the GPA (male and female) two postgraduate scholarships per annum for an initial period of three years.
  • The scheme will be referred to as the MIC GPA Scholarship Scheme and successful applicants will be referred to as MIC/GPA Scholars.
  • The value of each scholarship will be up to €4,600 for one year only and will be delivered through a full or partial fee waiver as applicable.
  • MIC will contribute 50% of the programme fee to a maximum of €2,300 with the GPA contributing the remaining 50% of the programme fee to a maximum of €2300. If the programme fee is higher than €4,600 then the successful applicant will be liable for any shortfall that may exist.
  • The duration of the MIC GPA Scholarship is for one Academic Year only. However, successful applicants may apply for successive years
  • Students in receipt of a Postgraduate Studentship / Assistantship are ineligible to apply for the MIC GPA Scholarships.
  • This scheme is applicable to all Postgraduate Programmes as currently offered by MIC subject to the programme running that year and all the necessary entry requirements being met. See full list of MIC postgraduate programmes.
  • It is desired that the scholarships will be awarded to one (1) male and one (1) female applicant.
  • Scholarships will be awarded based on merit. All applications will be assessed using a set of criteria as pre-agreed between MIC and the GPA.
  • The scholarship candidates will be nominated by the GPA and the names communicated in writing to MIC. On nomination, the candidates will apply through the normal academic application procedure of MIC. Once the application procedure has been completed, MIC will inform the candidates of their success or otherwise in meeting the entry criteria for the programme of their choice. MIC will inform the GPA that the candidate has accepted the place on the programme.
  • MIC will inform the GPA of who has been awarded a scholarship in advance of informing the successful candidate(s).
  • MIC will inform the successful candidate(s) that they have been awarded an MIC GPA scholarship for the forthcoming academic year and confirm to the GPA when the candidate has accepted their offer(s) of a place.
  • Once accepted the scholarship cannot be deferred for another year.
  • Once registered onto the programme, the student will be subject to the rules and regulation of MIC.
  • The GPA will assist in the promotion of MIC and the suite of programmes on offer to their members in the following ways:
  • Engage in an annual launch of the scholarship programme, including using their network of contacts to build national and local media presence at this launch.
  • Actively promote MIC/GPA scholarships to their membership through their suite of communications channels.
  • Ensure that the MIC Logo is included on all GPA promotional material relating to GPA scholarships.
  • Include representatives of MIC in scholarship related network events that the GPA operate.
  • Provide guest speakers on a regular basis for business/sports seminar events that MIC GAA run.

The MIC GPA Scholar(s) will be expected to contribute to MIC in the following ways:

  • Actively participate in MIC GAA, LGFA or Camogie club.
  • Perform ambassadorial duties as deemed appropriate.

GAA Bursaries, valued at €750, are awarded on an annual basis in recognition of sporting achievements of male and female students within the arena of intervarsity, club, county and regional Gaelic Games.  For further information on how to apply contact, Gaelic Development Administrator.

Please note these bursaries are not available for the 2021-22 Academic Year.

Munster LGFA funds three bursaries valued at €750 each, on an annual basis in memory of Rachel Kenneally, a B Ed graduate of MIC (Class of 2013). Rachel 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 bursaries are 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. For further information on how to apply contact, MIC Sports Officer.

MIC GPA Scholars 2021 Pádraig de Brún & Caoimhe Costelloe
MIC GPA Scholarships
This scheme offers 2 scholarships a year to GPA members who wish to pursue postgraduate study at MIC
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