Applications for Gerard Byrne Bursary Open

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27th June 2022 NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland) is encouraging any current or incoming 3rd level student who is blind or vision impaired to apply for the Gerard Byrne Bursary to help with the financial costs of college life.

The NCBI Gerard Byrne Bursary honours the contribution of Gerard Byrne, who was a lifelong advocate for education.  The bursary consists of two annual grants for undergraduate students who are blind or vision impaired studying on a full-time basis at a recognised educational institution in the Republic of Ireland. The value of each scholarship is set at €1,500 per year and continues for the duration of the undergraduate programme chosen by the Bursary winners.

June Tinsley, Head of Communications and Advocacy said ‘Unfortunately the number of 3rd level students who are blind or vision impaired remains very low. We want to remedy this and our Bursary is one way as it will assist with the costs of attending college. We also offer Bookshare which provides all their books and resources in digital accessible formats. With only 24% of people who are blind or vision impaired in employment, it is imperative that barriers to further education are removed to create a level playing field when transitioning into employment.”

Deadline for applications is August 12th 2022.

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