Opportunity for poorer students

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Gifted students with low incomes who’ve done well in their A-levels this week are being invited to apply for funding from an island company.

The Microgaming Bursary initiative, which was launched last year, provides funding for exceptional students from the Isle of Man whose financial circumstances may otherwise preclude them from attending or continuing at university.

Last year, four gifted students benefited from the scheme.

Running for the second consecutive year, the award covers accommodation and essential living costs (excluding course fees) up to £6,000 a year.

Certain criteria must be met.

The student must be eligible for a DEC maintenance grant and have obtained a place on an approved undergraduate degree course.

Effective from September, the bursary is managed and distributed by the Department of Education and Children (DEC). Closing date for applications is August 21.

Andrew Shipley, legal and administrative manager at the DEC, said: ‘What Microgaming is offering is a fantastic opportunity for local students, who are potentially unable to attend university for financial reasons, to realise their dream.

‘We encourage anyone who feels they meet the criteria to get in touch.’

Claire Coleman, of Microgaming, said: ‘Echoing what we said last year when we launched the Microgaming Bursary initiative, we want to provide the island’s next generation of leaders, creators and thinkers with an opportunity of a lifetime, bringing home-grown talent to the fore.

‘To be able to help four students attend university last year was an absolute honour, and we look forward to assisting a group of students again this year.”

For more information on bursary criteria or to make an application, contact Andrew Shipley at the DEC, on 685828 or via email at andrew.shipley@doe.gov.im for more information.

Interested people can also visit gov.im/microgaming.

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