Comhar Linn holds an annual bursary programme competition, the total amount of €17,000 is given away to 8 lucky students. The bursaries will be awarded to third level students who impress us most with their applications, showing a passion and dedication for furthering their education, following their goals and becoming an ambassador for Comhar Linn Credit Union.

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Application deadline 28th June 2024

Please note that in January 2023 there will be some changes to the Bursary categories, however you can still apply early using the below links. Details of the 2022 Bursary categories are as follows. There were three different categories for Student Members, Teacher Members and All Members

Student Members

Teacher Members

All Members

Colleges of Education

Categories of Eligibility

Category One:
Student Members - 4 Bursaries of €3,000

Full-Time student members,
one from each of the following colleges:

  • DCU Institute of Education
  • Mary Immaculate College
  • Maynooth University Froebel
  • Marino Institute of Education, an Associated College of Trinity

Category Two:
Teacher Members - 2 Bursaries of €1,500

Teacher members following accredited 3rd level course in Education in a recognised University or education institution within the European Union.

Category Three:
All Members - 2 Bursaries of €1,000

Members following any accredited 3rd Level course in a recognised University or education institution with the European Union. Hibernia College PME course for student members.

Those applying for a bursary must meet the following Criteria:

Common Criteria (Categories 1,2 & 3)

  • All applicants must be a member of Comhar Linn
  • Applicants must have completed the Leaving Certificate Examination
  • Completed applications must be received by June 30th 2023
  • Must be accepted/enrolled in an accredited institution
  • Evidence of College attendance or acceptance to College must be supplied with their application (Student Number and College Fee invoice will be accepted)

Category One Criteria

Successful candidates from Category One ONLY will agree to act as College Ambassadors for Comhar Linn for the academic year the bursary is awarded. This includes dedicating time each week promoting Comhar Linn to their peers & reporting to the Marketing Manager each month. This activity will include:

  • Maintain Social Media presence for Comhar Linn at College
  • Identify sponsorship opportunities
  • Comhar Linn Student Council participation - How to make Comhar Linn more relevant with students

The winners will be invited to participate at an Awards Ceremony at each of the colleges the students will be attending in 2023 in November (TBC)

Applicants are confined to students in each of the four teacher training colleges in Ireland (DCU St Patrick’s College, Mary Immaculate College, Maynooth College and Marino Institute of Education.)
Awards will be given on:

  • The quality of the entry application form provided by applicants
  • To students who contribute to their school in some way, e.g. student committee, prefect, etc.
  • To students who contribute in some way to their community, e.g. Gaisce Awards, Youth Club leader, etc.
  • Knowledge of Credit Unions and their value to society

Categories Two and Three Criteria

Available to applicants commencing or continuing their full-time, Third-Level Education, at any approved University or third level educational institution within the EU.

All applications must be submitted by June 30th 2023.

  • Children of Staff, Management, Directors, Oversight Board Committee of Comhar Linn are not eligible to apply.
  • A family may be in receipt of only one Education Bursary at any one time.
  • An applicant may apply under one category only.
  • The successful winners will be announced in August 2023.
  • The Board of Directors of the Credit Union reserves the right to alter any of these terms and conditions at its sole discretion without prior notice.
  • In applying for the bursary, you are agreeing to participate in promotional activities such as photo opportunities or videos arranged by Credit Union, you are also agreeing to your name and photo as the winner of the Bursary being used across our social media and press media outlets.
  • Unforeseen circumstances concerning eligibility will be reviewed if they arise during the tenure of an award.
  • The decision of the assessment panel will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Yes a family member can apply for our bursary programme, they must become a member first before they can apply.

No, our bursary programme is exclusive to members only. To apply you must first need to apply for membership.

Yes all fields must be completed by the member to apply for this category.

Yes you need to be accepted into one of the colleges of education to apply for this category. Proof of college acceptance is required.

Member Testimonials

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Past Winners

Bursary Winners 2023
Rachael SullivanCategory OneDCU
Aoife DoyleCategory OneMarino Institute of Education
Brídín KellyCategory OneMaynooth University
Roisín McPhillipsCategory OneMary Immaculate College
Evelyn QuinCategory TwoMary Immaculate College
Olivia SmithCategory TwoHibernia
Luke GarlandCategory ThreeMaynooth University
Laura PrendergastCategory ThreeHibernia
Bursary Winners 2022
Sayra LynchCategory OneMarino Institute of Education
Caroline WhelanCategory OneMaynooth University (Froebel)
Caoimhe KellyCategory OneDCU St Patrick's College
Caoimhe KavanaghCategory OneMary Immaculate College
Lyndsey StauntonCategory TwoDCU
Eimear O'NeillCategory TwoHibernia
Dearbhaile WrafterCategory ThreeUniversity of Galway
John KavanaghCategory ThreeHibernia
Bursary Winners 2021
Muireann O'CarrollCategory OneDCU St Patrick's College
Annmarie CollinsCategory OneMarino Institute of Education
Ailish CliffordCategory OneMary Immaculate College
Lórien Ní BhreathnachCategory OneMaynooth University (Froebel)
Liadhan KellyCategory TwoMary Immaculate College
Noreen McCrohanCategory TwoUniversity Limerick
Catríona AtkinsonCategory ThreeTrinity
Cillian ByrneCategory ThreeHibernia
Bursary Winners 2020
Lea MooneyCategory OneMarino Institute of Education
Marie O’ConnorCategory OneMary Immaculate College
Róisín HayesCategory OneMaynooth University (Froebel)
Deirbhile TraversCategory OneDCU St Patrick’s College
Valerie Ní ChoinneacháinCategory OneUniversity College Dublin
Claire DonnellyCategory OneMary Immaculate College
Megan GriffinCategory OneHibernia College
Mícheál Mc CleanCategory OneUniversity Limerick
Bursary Winners 2019
Ms. Grainne SmythB. Ed., 2nd YearMary Immaculate College
Adhna Nic GearailtB.Ed., 1st YearColáiste Mhuire, Marino
Anna Kathleen SammonB.Ed., 1st YearDCU St Patrick’s College
Daire RoweB.Ed., 4th YearDCU St Patrick’s College
Rory Mc HughB.Ed., 1st YearDCU St Patrick’s College
Jennifer CliffordB. Ed., 3rd YearMary Immaculate College
Fiona CollinsPost Grad, Therapeutic Radiographer, 2nd YearUniversity Of Liverpool
Clodagh NevilleB. A., 2nd YearMary Immaculate College
Ultan O’FlanaganB Mus., 3rd YearCIT Cork
Claire LynchM.Ed., 2nd YearUniversity College Dublin
Meabh KeaneM. Ed., 2nd YearTrinity College Dublin
Anne-Marie FerryM. Ed., 2nd YearSt Angela’s College, Sligo
Eileen O’SheaM. HRM., 1st YearU.C.C.
Deirdre Nic IonnraicDioplóma san Aistriúchán agus san
Eagarthóireacht na Gaeilge, 1st Year.
NUI Maynooth
Gillian LoveIarchéim san Aistriúchán, 2nd Year.Coláiste Na hÉireann


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Section One: Category (This section to be completed by all applicants)
Section Two: Personal Details (This section to be completed by all applicants)

Section Three: Application Questions (Category One Applicants Only)

Student teacher members must answer all of the following questions (Q 1, 2 & 3)

I grant permission to Comhar Linn INTO Credit Union to process and retain my personal data contained in this application for the purpose of administering this competition. A term of this competition is that application forms of applicants will be shredded 6 months after the winners are announced, however where data continues to be processed, for example winning entrants details, then such data will be retained in line with the consent below. I hereby grant permission to Comhar Linn INTO Credit Union to process my personal data for the purpose of administering this competition. By signing this document, I also agree to the terms and conditions of the bursary award as set out.

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