Niall Smyth Memorial Bursary

The SCC student bursary award scheme has been in operation since 1992. Renamed the Niall Smyth Memorial Bursary in 2003 to honour the memory of Niall Smyth, a teacher in Plunket College, who died suddenly in September 2002. Niall was actively involved in many SCC activities.

The scheme is there to assist CDETB students to achieve their potential in their particular Sporting or Cultural endeavours. Approximately 20 students benefit from the Bursary each year, including:

Sport – All sports considered, including: Gaelic Games, Soccer,  Athletics, Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Canoeing, Hockey, Kick Boxing, Cycling, Karate and Judo.

Cultural –  All cultural activities including: Creative Writing, Music, Drama, Dance, Art and Photography.

We are hoping that all CDETB Colleges will nominate at least one student for the award.

To be eligible to apply for a bursary, applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a full-time student in a CDETB College / Centre.
  2. Specify one activity/event for which they are seeking assistance.
  3. In the application, outline their sporting / cultural achievements to date.  Indicate what they might use a bursary for in the future, and the cost involved.
  4. A teacher may apply for a bursary on behalf of a student who may find difficulty in applying.  We would ask teachers in general to oversee their student’s application, in order to make the strongest possible case for them.
  5. All applications must be supported by two referees, one of whom is a teacher/Principal/etc in the student’s college/centre.


Please note that normal day-to-day club expenses such as travel and equipment expenses are not covered under the terms of this grant-aid scheme. It is not a hardship fund or designed to support students’ college fees. The bursary is awarded only where a student can show that the award will assist them to achieve greater success in their chosen activity.

Bursary applicants and recipients are expected to participate in SCC events, if the opportunity arises.

Applicants can apply either on-line or by post. Applications are accepted between September and March each academic year.

The annual Niall Smyth Memorial Bursary Award ceremony is usually held in May each year. The closing date for applications this year is: 16th March 2023.

Further details can be obtained from:

Richard Kelly

SCC Hon. Sec


086 317 9855