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Benefactions

There are a number of Benefactions/Bursaries/Prizes which you may be eligible to apply for. A list of these is below which outlines the criteria you must meet in order to apply.

The following is a list of the Bursaries that you can apply for through the Student Support Officer in the Senior Tutor’s Office.  Please read the criteria in each bursary to ensure you are eligible.  You need to complete an application form to apply for each Bursary/Award. 

Please complete a separate application form for each Bursary you are applying for. Do not use the same application form for a number of bursaries. 


JOHN F. CHAMBERS – LENNOX BURSARY
John F. Chambers, B.A., B.SC. (1948) was a mature student from Sligo who worked at night to pay for his studies at Trinity College. The shareholders and staff of Lennox Laboratory Supplies, together with his family and friends, have endowed a bursary dedicated to John’s memory. An annual award will be made to one or more needy students studying science. Applications should be made in writing to the Senior Tutor not later than 31 October. Value, €1,904.60.

DOWNES EXHIBITION

This exhibition is awarded by the Department of Religions and Theology, in consultation with the Financial Assistance Committee, to a student of narrow means pursuing the course in world religions and theology. Application should be made in writing to the Senior Tutor using the financial assistance application form no later than 31 January. Value, €2,000.

LAW STUDENTS’ QUATERCENTENARY FUND

This fund was established in 1992 by a gift from solicitor graduates of the College, through Mr Adrian P. Bourke, then President of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland. The income is available to assist students studying law who may be in need of financial assistance. Application should be made in writing to the Senior Tutor using the financial assistance application form no later than 31 January. The award will be made by the Law School in consultation with the Senior Tutor’s Office. 

MACKAY WILSON FUND

This fund was established in 1913 by Robert Mackay Wilson and his wife Elizabeth Jackson Wilson for the benefit of women students of limited means resident at Trinity Hall. Grants are made to one female student of good character each year, and for one year only. A student may not receive a grant from this fund until she has completed the first year of her course in the University. Applications must be supported by a recommendation from the applicant’s tutor.
Application in the first instance should be made through the Senior Tutor not later than 31 May.

MINCHIN BURSARY

This bursary was established in 1982 from a bequest received under the will of G. R. N. Minchin (see also Minchin prize). Undergraduate students of the College (except those reading mathematics and/or physics) are eligible to apply for the bursary, which is awarded annually in three parts in Hilary term. Applications should be made in writing to the Senior Tutor not later than 31 January. The awards will be made by a committee consisting of the Senior Dean, the Senior Tutor, the Junior Dean, and the Head of Sport and Recreation. In making the awards, the committee will have regard to the criteria of academic merit, athletic prowess, and financial need. If no applications are received, the committee will consult with the Financial Assistance Committee with a view to finding suitable candidates. No student may hold the award more than once. Value of each part €2,000.

JEAN MONTGOMERY FUND

This fund was established in 1950 by subscription in memory of Miss Jean Montgomery, Lady Superintendent of the Kitchen 1919-48. Free commons for two undergraduate students of narrow means is provided.
Application in the first instance should be made through the Senior Tutor not later than the last working day of May.

FREDERICK PURSER UNDERGRADUATES’ FUND

This fund was established in 1911 by gifts from John Purser Griffith and Mrs Griffith in memory of Frederick Purser, Fellow 1879-1910, with the object of helping some Sophister students of limited means who have shown promise in their previous course, so as to enable them to derive the most benefit possible from the teaching of the Sophister years, whether in arts or in the professional schools, and to save them as far as may be, from being compelled to divert their energies into other activities in order to obtain the necessary means of livelihood.
Application in the first instance should be made through the Senior Tutor no later than 31 January. 

OWEN SHEEHY SKEFFINGTON MEMORIAL AWARDS

This fund was established in 1973 from funds contributed in memory of Dr Owen Sheehy Skeffington. The annual award takes the form in alternate years of a maintenance grant (2015) and a travelling scholarship (2016) of approximately €2,000. The maintenance grant will be awarded to a Senior Freshman or Junior Sophister student of French in Trinity College, criteria for the award being a combination of academic promise and financial need. For details of the travelling scholarship see Miscellaneous Awards.
Application in the first instance should be made to the Head of French.

STUDENT PARENT GROUP – JACKIE AKERELE FUND

This fund was established in 2006 from monies contributed by her family, colleagues and friends in memory of Jackie Akerele with the object of helping student parents with childcare expenses or facing unforeseen difficulties.
Application should be made in writing to the Senior Tutor no later than 31 January. The awards will be made by the Senior Tutor and the Student Support Officer in the Senior Tutor’s Office, on recommendation from the student’s tutor. The main criteria will be the student’s financial situation and childcare needs. If no applications are received, the Financial Assistance Committee will be consulted with a view to finding a suitable candidate. Value, one or more awards with a total value of €700. 

TAVERNERS’ CRICKET SPORTS BURSARY

This bursary was established in 1993 by the Museum Players and other Taverners’ cricketers on the basis of funds raised during the quatercentenary year. One bursary of €356 will be awarded each year to a needy student, preferably one who has demonstrated sporting prowess within the University. Applications in the first instance should be made through the Senior Tutor, not later than 31 January. The award will be made after consultation with a representative of the Museum Players, the Senior Tutor and the Head of Sport and Recreation.

JOHN BENNETT FUND

This fund was established in 1957 by a bequest from Mrs C. P. Bennett in memory of her husband, formerly headmaster of the High School, Dublin. The accruing interest is paid annually to a deserving student, nominated by the Governors of the Erasmus Smith Schools, who must have been a pupil of the High School continuously for three years prior to entering the College. Interested students should contact the High School directly. Value, €750 a year.