Winners of this year’s DIT lone parent bursaries revealed

by Rachel Darcy

The winners of this year’s DIT and Enterprise Rent-A-Car lone parent bursary have been announced.

Louise Finnegan and Nkasiobi Uche, both mothers of four, were awarded a €2,500 bursary in support of DIT’s Access Foundation Programme – a one-year preparation course designed to ready students for higher education.

Louise is a single parent of four girls, ranging in age from five to 15. Having previously completed two FETAC courses and a Family Support Skills course, she is planning to enter into Social Studies at Trinity College after graduating from the Access Foundation Programme.

Nkasiobi is a single mother of three boys and one girl, ranging in age from 2 to 11. After finishing the Access Foundation Programme, she hopes to study Public Health Nutrition at DIT and looks forward to the opportunities a degree will bring her in the future.

Julie Stafford, senior development manager at DIT Foundation, said: “The students on the Access Foundation Programme can face significant obstacles in accessing education, and it takes determination, the support of DIT and the generous financial assistance of others to give them the best chance at success.

“Over the past six years, the programme has helped more than 500 people to transform their lives and the future of their families.”

For further information on DIT’s Access Foundation Programme, see www.dit.ie/ace/access.Winners of €2,500 lone parent bursaries revealed

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