Bursary Award 2021

The Pat Jones Student Bursary Award 2021

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2 students will win €6,000

Student Bursary Award 2021

The Pat Jones Student Bursary Award 2021

Croí Laighean Credit Union is proud to recognise the talent and hard work of young people.

One of the ways we do this is by awarding two students with the Pat Jones Student Bursary Award each year. This prestigious award provides €6,000 towards the cost of third level education. Over the last seven years, the bursary has contributed almost €70,000 in bursary funding.

Our Student Services:

  • Student Loans at 6.17% APR with usual flexible terms
  • APP for your smartphone with free services
  • Online access to your accounts
  • Sort Code / BIC / IBAN to transfer money anywhere or pay bills
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How it works

STEP 1: Apply by completing the Pat Jones Bursary Award digital application form. You will receive a PDF to your inbox, which you should submit to your school by Deadline Now Closed. Please note that in light of recent restrictions, we have extended the deadline  – please contact your school for more details on their final date for submissions.

STEP 2: Each school will assess all applications received, based on the criteria for eligibility and selection. Each of the six schools will nominate three finalists to progress to the next stage by Friday, 12 February 2021.

STEP 3: All finalists will be invited to submit a short video in March 2021 as part of the next stage, which will be assessed by an independent panel.

STEP 4: The finalists will then be invited to attend the Pat Jones Bursary virtual awards evening in April 2021. Two winners will be announced on the night as the 2021 recipients of the Pat Jones Bursary Award and claim the prize of €6,000 towards their third level education.

Please note that eligible schools are divided by area and one Bursary is awarded to each area:

  • Oaklands Community College Edenderry; St. Mary’s Secondary School Edenderry; St. Farnan’s Post Primary School Prosperous
  • Coláiste Chiaráin Leixlip; Confey College Leixlip; Scoil Mhuire Community School Clane

Who Can Apply

We welcome applications from all 6th Year students who are attending schools in the common bond area.
These schools include;
  • Coláiste Chiaráin Leixlip
  • Confey Community College Leixlip
  • Oaklands Community College Edenderry
  • Scoil Mhuire Community School Clane
  • St. Farnan’s Post Primary School Prosperous
  • St. Mary’s Secondary School Edenderry

Previous Winner’s Testimonials

About Pat Jones

Pat Jones was the chair of the Board Oversight Committee of the Credit Union for many years. Pat died suddenly in 2012 and it was agreed that we should find a way to honour his enormous contribution to our Credit Union.
Education was very important to Pat and so we felt the greatest way to honour his memory was to introduce the bursary awards in his name. In 2013, the inaugural Pat Jones Bursary Awards were held. Now in their 8th year the awards are going from strength to strength and all 6th year students from secondary schools in our common bond are eligible for entry.

Pat Jones Student Bursary 2021 – FAQs

1. Do I have to be a member of CLCU to apply?

Yes, all entrants must be active members of Croí Laighean Credit Union (i.e. transacting on their account) to be eligible to apply. If you are not a member, you can join Croí Laighean Credit Union by applying online here or visiting your local branch.

Can I request a deadline extension?

The original deadline for submissions was Friday, 8 January 2021. Given recent restrictions, we have extended the deadline to allow students who are moving to remote learning, to complete their applications. Please contact your school for details on their final date for submissions.

3. Can I apply directly to Croí Laighean CU?

Students must submit the completed application to their school and each school will nominate three finalists to proceed to the next stage of the application process.

4. How are applications assessed by Croí Laighean Credit Union?

We will review applications, according to these 4 pillars:

Academic: involvement in school life; extracurricular activities; commitment to studies
Community involvement: are you active in your local community and how do you make a difference
Knowledge of Croí Laighean CU: what do you know about your Credit Union and  our services, how do we participate in the local community?
What does the Bursary mean to you: what difference would this award make to your life, why do you deserve to win it, what would you do with this opportunity?

Student Loan Example

A loan of €3,000 over 1 year with 12 monthly instalments costs €258 per month at a variable rate of 6% (Annual Percentage Rate (APR) 6.17%). The total amount you pay is €3,096 cost of credit is €96. Variable rates may increase which would cause the cost of credit to increase.

Terms & Conditions Apply – whilst every care has been made in the production of this information, it is for illustrative purposes only and to give you an overview of the potential cost of borrowing at Croí Laighean Credit Union. It does not constitute a loan offer.

Loans are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply.

*APR Annual Percentage Rate

Warning: If you do not meet the repayments on your loan, your account will go into arrears. This may affect your credit rating, which may limit your ability to access credit in the future.