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Crosshaven Carrigaline Credit Union Bursary

Crosshaven Carrigaline Credit Union Higher Education Bursary

At a ceremony in the Board Room of the Credit Union in Crosshaven, Seán Roberts, Chairman of The Board of Directors of Crosshaven Carrigaline Credit Union, announced the results of the inaugural Further and Higher Education Bursary Essay Award worth €1000.

The award was introduced this year as part of the Credit Union’s ongoing community involvement, and to celebrate the strong and growing relationship between the Credit Union and the schools in the common bond. For many years Crosshaven Carrigaline Credit Union, in the person of Noreen Linehan has been very involved in the local secondary school, Coláiste Muire, while Donna Pace has been active with the National Schools in Crosshaven. More recently, the Credit Union has developed new and enthusiastic relationships with schools located in Carrigaline, including The Educate Together School, The Girls National School and The Edmund Rice Secondary School. They look forward to continuing to work closely with these schools and to developing new links with other schools in the area.

The bursary consists of a once off donation of one thousand euro. It was available to Colaiste Muire students who were members of the school credit union and were registering for the first year of a recognised Further Education, Higher Education or Training course in September/October 2018. Such courses would include Level 5 and level 6 PLC courses or Solas Apprenticeships as well as Level 7 and Level 8 Institute of Technology or University Courses.

The essays were judged on originality, entertainment and the quality of the writing.

The inaugural Further and Higher Education Bursary Essay Award and a cheque for one thousand was awarded to Rhea Downing for her essay “Why I Decided to Study Law”.

The Chairman, Mr. Roberts, congratulated Rhea on her excellent work. “The winning essay was original, very entertaining and written in a lovely flowing style. It was full of little anecdotes which gave an insight as to why Rhea became interested in Law and why she chose this particular course” said the Chairman as he presented Rhea with her cheque.

As this was the inaugural year for the bursary, a highly-recommended award was also presented to Jess Moore Walsh for her essay “International Development and Food Policy”.

It is hoped that this bursary will become an annual event and the Credit Union would encourage students who will be sitting the leaving certificate next year to consider composing an essay for them for next year’s award. The closing date for the next bursary award will be 30th April 2019.

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