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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 Gaelic Players Association (GPA) Scholarships
  • MIC GAA Bursaries
  • Rachel Kenneally Memorial Award

MIC offers an Elite Scholarship Scheme open to those who have excelled in their chosen sport(s). The scheme, which is offered in memory of Noreen Lynch and Leonard Enright, is delivered through a bursary and additional benefits and is offered at three different levels as follows:

  • One Gold Scholarship valued at €4,000 (applications invited from current and incoming students)
  • Two Silver Scholarships valued at €2,000 each (applications invited from current and incoming students)
  • Two Bronze Scholarships valued at €1,000 each (applications restricted to incoming CAO applicants only)

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

Details on how to apply for MIC Elite Sports Scholarship 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 for CAO Points Concession Scheme 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 postgradscholarships@gaelicplayers.com

Applications are closed for 2022/23.

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

Read more detailed information about the MIC GPA Scholarships below and watch 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 Joe.Redington@mic.ul.ie, 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 Ciara.Cregan@mic.ul.ie, MIC Sports Officer.

MIC GPA Scholars 2022 Diarmuid Ryan & Caoimhe Costelloe
MIC GPA Scholarship 2022
This scheme offers 2 scholarships a year to GPA members who wish to pursue postgraduate study at MIC

Limerick camogie player Caoimhe Costelloe and Clare senior hurler Diarmuid Ryan have been announced as the 2022 MIC GPA Scholarship awardees. Now in its second year, the MIC GPA Scholarship scheme is a collaboration between Mary Immaculate College (MIC) and the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), and is open to GPA members who have applied for and are successful in securing a place on MIC’s postgraduate programmes in education and the liberal arts. Two scholarships are offered on an annual basis.

Impressively, it’s the second year that Caoimhe Costelloe has been awarded the scholarship in recognition of her sporting success at club and county level.

Also awarded an MIC GPA Scholarship is Clare hurler Diarmuid Ryan, who is a first year Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) student at MIC.

Under the scholarship, MIC contributes 50% of the successful applicants programme fees and the GPA contributes the remaining 50%. Costelloe and Ryan will also become ‘MIC GPA Scholars’ and will act as ambassadors within MIC’s sporting community and will play a key role in supporting Gaelic Games at MIC.

For further information about 2022 MIC GPA Scholarship recipients, click here.

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