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€500k gift for students

A PRIVATE donor has given UCD €500,000 for graduates who are unable to pay for a business masters.

A total of 12 graduates will have 50pc of their chosen programme fees paid for in the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

The 2011 Aspire Scholarship Programme, which was launched today, is offering up to three MBA and nine MSc scholarships. The programme aims to give 60 business leaders of the future the chance to study at and graduate from UCD Smurfit School by 2015.

The closing date for entry is Monday, April 25 and applications can be made at www.smurfitschool.ie/aspire.