Tuesday, January 24, 2017

UCD Ad Astra Scholarships

Please see the following information about the UCD Ad Astra Scholarships and upcoming deadlines. 

The Ad Astra Academy offers three different types of scholarships - Academic, Performing Arts and Sports. The academy encourages students with exceptional talents to develop their abilities to their full potential within these areas. We have recently launched our new website which features online applications; up-to-date news and information via our Facebook and Twitter feeds and FAQ for each section! Further information available here: www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy/ 

Ad Astra Academic Scholarships: 
A reminder that the Ad Astra Academic Scholarship now has an online application system. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must receive 6 H1's in the first sitting of the Leaving Cert and complete the online application. If you think you'll get 6 H1s please apply! This consists of a personal statement and a statement of achievement ‘beyond the classroom’.
Applications Opening Date: 1st February through the Ad Astra website: www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy/academic
Closing Date: 25th August (TBC). However we would encourage applicants to apply before mid-July. No late applications accepted.
Selection: Panel will review and invite shortlisted applicants for interview at the end of August / start of September. Only those shortlisted will be contacted and students must be available on the interview date. Successful candidates will be notified before the start of term time. If a student meets the academic criteria but has not submitted an application they will not be eligible.

Ad Astra Sports (previous called Elite Sports) Scholarship: 
Application Closing Date: 31st January 2017 online via our website: www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy/sports/applications . No late applications permitted.
Selection: Panel will review and invite shortlisted applicants for interview in March and April. Only those shortlisted will be contacted and students must be available on the interview date.
All applicants who are interviewed will be notified of their outcome in April. Some students may be put on a reserve list.
Some provision may be made for successful candidates who do not attain the required points for their chosen degree but who can show evidence of ability to undertake their chosen course. Further details are available on our website www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy/sports/applications .

Performing Arts Scholarships: 
Performing Arts consists of drama, music and dance.
Application Closing Date: 31st January 2017 online via our website: www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy/performingarts/applications. No late applications permitted.
Selection: Panel will review and invite shortlisted applicants for auditions and interviews in April and May. Only those shortlisted will be contacted and students must be available on the interview date.
All applicants who are interviewed will be notified of their outcome in June. Some provision may be made for successful candidates who do not attain the required points for their chosen degree but who can show evidence of ability to undertake their chosen course. Further details are available on our website: www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy/performingarts/applications .
Scholarship Benefits:
Each new Ad Astra scholars will receive a bursary of €3,000 which they can choose how to spend; they are guaranteed on-campus accommodation (bursary can be used towards this); academic mentors; high performance gym for sports; rehearsal space for performing arts; team building events and more! For further information on each of the strands benefits, please visit www.ucd.ie/adastraacademy or email adastraacademy@ucd.ie.

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