We are delighted to announce that our annual Aisling Bursaries will be launching in early May 2021.
The Aisling Bursaries were first launched in 2000 to provide financial support to students from West Belfast to help make their dreams of taking up further and higher education or training a reality – and to fulfil their life ambitions for securing a fulfilling career.
Our Aisling Bursaries highlight the importance the business community attaches to the development of education and training in West Belfast. Year on year, individuals, local families and businesses contribute Bursaries of £500 – £1000 to support students and help them defray the costs of education and training.
The donations are not only an incredible gesture of generosity but also a vote of confidence in the recipients of the Bursaries and a real investment in our community, one family, one person at a time.
We are delighted and very proud to note that since the Aisling Bursaries were launched, £691,500 has been distributed to 858 students.
To be eligible for an Aisling Bursary applicants must be:
- Resident in the West Belfast Westminster Parliamentary Electoral Constituency.
(Use the following website to check your postcode to confirm parliamentary constituency): http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/elections-and-voting/constituencies/
- Preparing to study or be currently studying on a full-time or part-time further education, higher education or vocational training course.
- At least 18 years of age on 1st July 2021
All applications are considered, with special consideration given to candidates who have significant barriers and hardship preventing them from realising their full potential through education, for example through economic or family circumstances.
Applications can be downloaded from WBPB website or via the PDF at the bottom of this page:
You can also contact our office on 08290 809202 to request an emailed application form.
The closing date is 4pm Thursday 8th July 2021.
The criteria is below:
|Applicants must be resident in the West Belfast Westminster Parliamentary Electoral Constituency.
(Use the following website to check your postcode to confirm parliamentary constituency: http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/elections-and-voting/constituencies/ )
|Applicants must be preparing to study or be currently studying on a full-time or part-time further education, higher education or vocational training course.|
|Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on 1st July 2021.|
|Chosen Course and Award should contribute to the regeneration of West Belfast|
There are Bursaries for Engineering, Accountancy and Law which we always struggle to fill so if you know of anyone who meets the criteria, please encourage them to apply – they can be in any year of their course.
There are also sponsors who specify Irish Medium, Childcare, Arts and some open who do not specify any course.
The courses undertaken can be full time or part time in University or vocational in a training organisation.