Griffith College Awards Secondary Schools with Creative Bursaries

Students from St Paul's Secondary School

Griffith College Award Secondary Schools with Creative Bursaries

Griffith College is delighted to announce four Dublin secondary schools as winners of its new Creative Bursary scheme. Developed in partnership with the Institute of Advertising Practitioners Ireland (IAPI), the aim of the scheme is to encourage students to consider careers in creative media and advertising by taking part in creative subjects and projects during their school years.

The Creative Bursary Scheme at Griffith College

Launched in March 2019, the scheme was offered to schools across the country who were required to submit a rebranding proposal for their school. The project included a new logo, tagline and supporting video submission.  

Six shortlisted applications were reviewed by a panel, composed of Griffith College’s School’s Liaison Officer Sinead O’Callaghan and Deputy Head of Journalism, Robbie Smyth as well as IAPI’s Charley Stoney and Keith O’Connor. Each application was marked on a number of factors including originality, existing resources availability, and proposals for the bursary.

The winning schools are:

  • 1st Place –         Colaiste Eoin, Finglas - €5,000
  • 2nd Place –        St. Tieran’s, Ballaly - €3,000
  • 3rd Place –         Kylemore College, Ballyfermot - €1,000

St. Paul’s Secondary School, Greenhills - €1,000

Experiential Efforts

Sinead O’Callaghan said “We were so impressed with the standard of the applications we received and are thrilled to be able to support these schools. These creative experiences can be life changing for students and for many who are particularly interested in creative subjects, opportunities like this can really fuel their desire to apply themselves at school.”

As well as a financial contribution from Griffith College, IAPI member agencies Core, Group M, Guns of Knives, Verve, Chemistry, Dynamo, Mindshare, Epsilon and Bonfire have partnered with the Griffith College to provide the winners with experiential opportunities in the form of additional training, workshops and on-site events. This partnership will provide students with an insider's view into what it's like to working in an agency environment. 

CEO of IAPI Charley Stoney said of the bursary "Through this creative bursary, Griffith College is providing IAPI with a unique opportunity to connect with the future generation of advertising creative talent. By reaching out at such a young age, it will help creative thinkers see that the advertising and communications industry is a viable and exciting career option for them."

Corporate Social Responsibility 

The Creative Bursary is the newest venture in a long list of corporate social responsibility efforts by Griffith College. Other initiatives include the STEAM bursary, Kevin's Camogie Club sponsorship and the free Maths Revision courses, held on an annual basis.