He stated that the Celtic Tiger will not be around forever and that education will be the key for success in more difficult times. He was also conscious of the cross border dimensions of the proposed scholarship programme and stated that the All Ireland Scholarships scheme should operate on a similar basis North and South.
The All Ireland Scholarships Programme has been in operation for the past eight years and provides 125 Third Level Education Scholarships per annum throughout the thirty-two counties of Ireland, North and South. A minimum of two scholarships is awarded in each county each year.
The scholarship programme was established in 2008 with a very generous donation of €30m from JP McManus for application as follows:
€24m to fund 100 scholarships per annum in Ireland – 26 counties
€6m to fund 25 scholarships per annum in Northern Ireland – 6 counties
1,121 scholarships have been awarded to date. The value of each scholarship is set at €6,750 per annum in Ireland and stg£5,500 per annum in Northern Ireland, and will continue for the duration of the under graduate programmes chosen by the scholarship winners. To date amounts totaling €18.5m have been paid to scholarship recipients and 545 All Ireland Scholarship winners have already graduated.
Participation in the scholarship scheme in Ireland is confined to those who are exempted from paying the Leaving Certificate Examination fee, or are in receipt of the Educational Maintenance Allowance in Northern Ireland. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of the results of a candidate’s first attempt at the final secondary education examinations in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
In 2009 the Trustees entered into a collaboration with the Washington Ireland Program, under which the All Ireland Scholarship holders qualify as a separate category with the main universities for participation in the annual Washington Ireland Program internship scheme. Thirteen All Ireland Scholarship winners have participated in this programme to date.
The All Ireland Scholarships operate under the direction of three Trustees who are supported in the administration of the programme by the Department of Education & Skills in Ireland, and by the Department for the Economy with support from the Department of Education in Northern Ireland. The Trustees wish to record their appreciation and convey their thanks to the personnel of these three Departments for the assistance which they provide on the administration of the Scholarship Scheme and to their respective Ministers, Richard Burton TD, Simon Hamilton MLA and Peter Weir MLA for the support which they provide.
A native of Limerick, Gerry Boland is a former Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers having served with the firm and its predecessors for 38 years. He is a Non-Executive Director of a number of organisations including the UL Campus companies, the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP), the James McMahon Group and e|net.
Gerry is also a Trustee of the JP McManus Scholarships and a member of the Boards of the University of Limerick campus companies.
Patrick joined the Irish Civil Service in 1965, where he held a number of senior management positions at the department of Education and Skills. He served as a special adviser to the then Minister for Foreign Affairs; Minister for Finance; Minister for Agriculture & Food and Minister for Labour. Patrick also served as a member of Mr Michael O’Kennedy’s Cabinet in the EU Commission.
Whilst in the Department of Education and Skills Patrick headed the student support section. He had previously headed the International and Structural Funds Unit with Responsibilities, inter alia, for the negotiation of substantial EU funds, for the Education Sector in the context of successive National Development Programmes. Patrick retired in 2007.
Professor Roger G.H. Dower
Roger Downer was born in Belfast and holds the degrees of B.Sc., M.Sc. and D.Sc. (Queen University Belfast) and Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario). He has been awarded the honorary degrees of LL.D and D.Sc. as well as a number of national and international honours for his contributions to scientific research and higher education. He also holds a number of senior leadership positions
He also undertakes occasional writing and consulting assignments in education, science and research policy and economic development.