DCU offers Belvedere scholarship
STUDENTS of a scholarship scheme run by one of the country's best-known secondary schools will be offered a full university scholarship by DCU.
The Belvedere College Social Diversity Programme, which was the subject of a hit RTE documentary last month, offers scholarships to 10pc of its students from deprived backgrounds and who would otherwise not be able to attend the fee-paying college.
The new scholarship in DCU is being funded by entrepreneur and DCU graduate Paul Kerley, who has set up a number of successful businesses – most notably the financial crime and compliance software provider Norkom.
The programme will see one scholarship student from Belvedere College receiving a place on one of DCU's 80 undergraduate degree courses every year as part of the university's Access Programme.
DCU president Brian MacCraith said: "The generosity of donors such as Paul and Margaret Kerley allows us to realise this vision, making a real difference in the lives of young people living with disadvantage."
Belvedere's headmaster Gerry Foley said it was part of broader plans for collaboration.