BT Announces €75, 000 Schools Grant

BT has reaffirmed its commitment to encouraging bright young minds around the country with a €75,000 grant.
The financial aid will enable students to compete in the annual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition by providing them with accomodation.

Since introducing the scheme in 2006, BT has distributed 1,115 grants to over 330 schools across the Republic and North of Ireland, amounting to a total figure of €488,700.

The amount was increased in 2012 to €75,000 per year in a bid to encourage more rural students to enter.

Schools which are located over 70km from the RDS in Dublin, the home of the exhibition, are eligible to apply for a grant of €150 per individual entry or €300 for a group entry, up to a maximum of €1,500 per school.

Limerick schools have received €38,900 to date under the BT grant scheme and Limerick teacher Donal Enright, from Desmond College praised the initiative.

He said: ‘Our school is very competitive and we have a proud history of success at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

‘This grant scheme is a real help in getting students to the competition, contributing significantly to transport and accommodation costs.

‘I have brought students to the exhibition every year for the past decade and each year I am more and more impressed by the calibre and creativity of the entries.’

The 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from January 7-10 and the closing date for entries is October 1, 2014.

There are over 120 awards to be won including the prestigious BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year which was won by Paul Clarke of St. Paul’s College, Raheny in January this year.

In addition to the grant, BT is offering 60 participating students in the North and the Republic of Ireland the opportunity to take part in BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamps in Dublin and Belfast – a programme to help students transform their scientific ideas into real business opportunities.