By Isabel Filby
The University of Galway launched the first Civic Engagement Scholarship in an Irish higher education institution.
Directed at new entry undergraduate students, the scholarship values at €1,500 per academic year for the duration of their degree programme.
It is open to all students in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Europe.
The aim of the scholarship is to contribute to building global citizenship skills among students by enabling them to take on community action at Ireland’s leading campus for civic engagement.
In addition to the financial support, the successful candidate will also avail of many other benefits. These include training and hands-on skills development workshops. Along with access to specialised conferences and networking, internship experience with the ALIVE Volunteering programme, as well as insight across a wide range of non-profit, humanitarian and social justice programmes.
Lorraine Tansey, Student Volunteering Coordinator at University of Galway, said: “As a University for the public good, we are keen to recognise the community engagement activities of students as an indication of personal determination and commitment to communities.
“Just as there are academic, cultural, performing and sport scholarships to recognise student commitment to their passion, we feel that volunteering and community engagement demonstrates dedication for social change and impact.”
Dr Paul Dodd, Vice President Engagement at University of Galway, added: “The University of Galway is committed to nurturing the development of a sustainable society and through this new opportunity we are delighted to reach out to prospective students offering them leadership opportunities.
“The University of Galway is particularly proud of the extensive campus programmes that will grow and develop the successful applicant’s civic skills. Opportunities for social entrepreneurship, sustainability and engagement with the UN Sustainable Development Goals will be a key aspect of the scholarship programme.”
The Application Form which includes details on the Volunteering Portfolio will be available from 1 November.
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