Student Awards and Bursaries

Student awards and bursaries

Rooney Fellowship Award

The Rooney Fellowship provides an opportunity for a student studying on a Higher Education Course at Southern Regional College to spend 9 months in Pittsburgh as part of an internship studying at either the University of Duquesne or the University of Pittsburgh and undertaking work placements with the world renowned Heinz Corporation and the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club.

To be considered for this award application forms must be returned to the Chief Executive's Office at the address held in the pack .


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 Sister Michele O'Leary Bursary

The Southern Regional College is honoured to have received an annual student bursary of £500 from the Rooney Fellowship Alumni Group entitled the 'Sister Michele O'Leary Bursary'.

Sr Michele O'Leary touched the hearts of many through her work with young people both in Ireland and in her native Pittsburgh and was a mentor and friend to all of the Rooney Fellowship recipients from the former Newry and Kilkeel Institute and the Southern Regional College, during their time in Pittsburgh. Sister O'Leary sadly passed away in September 2005.

The Rooney Alumni (past recipients of the Rooney Fellowship Award) decided to honour the memory of Sister Michele with the creation of the Sr Michele O'Leary Bursary in recognition of her generous support especially to the Rooney fellows since 1992, in her role as President of the Ireland institute, Pittsburgh.

The SMOL Bursary will be awarded to a student or students from the Southern Regional College progressing to the final year of a full-time higher level programme of study. Any students repeating final year of study will not be eligible to apply. The Bursary will be a maximum of £500 and will be used to provide a level of financial assistance with course fees for the following year of study*.

 Link to SMOL Bursary Application packicon-ms-word-2003

JP McManus Award

The All Ireland Scholarship Scheme will provide twenty-five Scholarships to the top-performing students in receipt of the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), who reside in Northern Ireland (NI) and attend a grant aided Post Primary School or Further Education (FE) College in NI. The value of the Scholarship is £5,500 per year*. The scholarships will be awarded across two categories:

  • 6 Scholarships will be awarded to the top Level 3 Extended Diploma students from Further Education Colleges
  • 19 Scholarships will be awarded to the top ‘A’ Level students from grant aided Post Primary Schools.

Eligibility Criteria for FE students
Applicants must from a regional FE College must be:

  • Studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • In receipt of Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
  • Planning to go to university in September 2016 to study an Undergraduate Degree

To apply and for more information go to the CollegesNI JP McManus pagenew win icon.