“Words cannot describe, [the TORC Bursary] has helped and improved the quality of life for me and my family. TORC changed my life and I’m able to see life to its fullest.” Chipo, Macroom – Education Bursary 2022 awardee
“The course has given me the opportunity to expand and grow into my new career in Cyber Security and has opened more opportunities in the future for me” Emmanuel, Clane – Education Bursary 2022 awardee
The TORC Tenant Engagement Officer is delighted to announce the fifteen TORC residents who have been awarded funding under the TORC Foundation Education & Training Fund 2023. The Judging panel awarded a total of €8,939 in educational grants for the 2023-2024 academic year. The funding is provided to support residents in their further education journey by covering a full or partial amount of their education or training course fees. See the table below for the full list of awardees and the wide variety of their courses.
The TORC Foundation Education Bursary closed for applications at the end of August and we received a total of 23 applications. The Tenant Engagement Officer went through the process of shortlisting candidates that fulfilled the Terms and Conditions of the Bursary. Some of the main conditions of the bursary is that applicants must not be in receipt of other funding and must be applying for fees and not expenses. The shortlisted applications were then sent to the Education Bursary Panel. The Panel is made up of 5 people, 3 of whom are independent from TORC. They used a marking rubric to grade each application and then met to discuss and collate the grades of each application.
Funding from the Education Bursary has the potential to change the lives of TORC residents and support them in their careers. Reka from Cork outlines what the funding for her Business Administration course meant to her:
“The bursary provided financial stability, alleviating the significant burden of tuition and related expenses. This support allowed me to fully concentrate on my studies, without the constant worry of financial constraints. As a result, I was able to dedicate more time and energy to my coursework and academic pursuits…Moreover, pursuing my course has equipped me with valuable skills and knowledge relevant in my chosen field. These skills not only enhance my academic growth but are also preparing me for future career opportunities” Reka, Cork
The TORC Foundation Education Bursary will be open for applications in early summer 2024. If you are a TORC resident and are interested in pursuing further education, make sure you apply once it is launched.
“The [TORC Bursary Application] process was very easy and took away the financial burden of course fees. I would not have been able to do this without TORC and for that I am grateful” Kirsty, Cork