SCC Niall Smyth Bursary Opens Doors…..

November 11, 2015

In 2015, the Sports and Cultural Council made a number of valuable awards to CDETB students to further their studies. Two students, Lynn O’Reilly (BCFE) and Alanna Purcell (Marino CFE) returned reports on how much the award meant to them, and how their studies at our Further Education colleges set them up for the next stage of their career.

Lynn, a Ballyfermot animation student, used her award to attend the prestigious Annecy Animation Film Festival in France:  ‘The trip was everything I dreamed of and more. I met so many cool and wonderful people, students and professionals from all over the world. I’ve made a few great friends and even more great contacts. I got to meet some of the very, very famous animators who were there, and it was the best way imaginable to mark the completion of my college education. I still have to look at my souvenirs (like these photos, autographs from famous animators, festival programs, and art books) to remind myself that it actually happened, and that it wasn’t a dream!’

Alanna Purcell was a Theatre Performance student in Marino College, who decided to pursue further musical studies as a result of her Bursary award.  ‘I believe I can credit the Award for assisting me gain access into a highly competitive college. I applied for three courses in Trinity as a mature student. They were interested in how I have gone that extra mile to make myself stand out from all the other applicants. To be able to discuss my involvement in the Bursary Award in this situation was very helpful in being offered a place’.

The SCC would like to encourage more success stories like Lynn’s and Alanna’s in the New Year!

Alanna Purcell photo is by Pearse Healy

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