About the KickStart Scholarship
The KickStart Scholarship Fund is a newly established scholarship, established by the Probation Service, and supported by the Irish Prison Service, to support persons with a criminal justice history who are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage to access Higher Education (HE). These scholarships meet a strategic objective of the Working to Change social enterprise and employment strategy 2021-2023 (www.workingtochange.ie).
Maynooth University is the lead institution for the KickStart Scholarship Fund scheme in partnership with Dublin City University, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Technological University of the Shannon Midlands Midwest, Athlone Campus (MEND Cluster). For 2023/24, the scheme will be open to new undergraduates commencing third level education in September 2023 for the first time in one of these four MEND HEIs.
It is intended that the scholarship will fund the entire duration of an applicant’s programme of study. There are two scholarships available in each MEND HEI in 2023/24.
One scholarship of €5000 per year of undergraduate study to a maximum of €20,000 over 4 years of a full-time course or 6 years of a part-time course.
One scholarship of €1250 for each year of undergraduate study to a maximum of €5000 over 4 years of a full-time course or 6 years of a part-time course.
With two scholarships available, all applications will be screened against the eligibility criteria. Those applicants who meet the highest number of criteria will be asked to supply supporting documentation and proceed to interview. All applicants who apply to the KickStart Scholarship will be informed about the available supports. The KickStart Scholarship team will only communicate with the applicant throughout the application, screening and outcomes process. Any unsolicited correspondence from a third party will not be taken into account.
Scholarship awardees must comply with the fund guidelines and progress to the next academic year of their course to retain the scholarship. Applicants who are deemed ineligible for the scholarship will be referred to additional supports.
Application Timeline 2023/2024
|KickStart Scholarship application opens||20 September 2023||Applicant submits information via the and gathers required supporting documentation, reaching out for support from the TUS Access team with any queries.|
|KickStart Scholarship application closes||21 October 2023 at 5pm||The online form closes for accepting applications.|
|Screening of applications by TUS Selection Committee||23 October – 27 October 2023||Screening of applications by Selection Committee begins. The highest ranked applicants will proceed to interview.|
|Notifications to ineligible applicants||31 October 2023||Ineligible applicants are advised about the outcome, advised about additional supports and informed of the queries and appeals process.|
|Appeals applications opens||1 November 2023||Appeals may be submitted via email in accordance with the appeals process outlined below.|
|Appeals applications closes||10 November 2023||The window for accepting appeal applications closes.|
|Appeals review meeting||26 October 2022||Review meeting held in accordance with the appeals process.|
|Communication of outcomes||28 October 2022||Unsuccessful appellants notified of outcome and advised of other advisory, financial, personal, academic, technological, and social supports. Eligible applicants are invited to interview and provided with instructions to upload their supporting documentation.|
|KickStart Scholarship interviews with eligible applicants.||16 November 2023||The interview panel will select their highest ranked candidates.|
|Communication of Interview Outcomes||17 November 2023||Scholarship recipients will be invited to meet with a member of the TUS Access team to give their formal consent to the terms and conditions of the scheme.|
|Formal acceptance of Kickstart Scholarship||By 24 November 2023||Recipients meet with a TUS Access advisor to sign their formal consent to the terms and conditions of the KickStart Scholarship scheme.|
|First KickStart Scholarship payment to recipients||Early December 2023||Payment will made directly to the student’s bank account by electronic transfer of funds.|
|Second KickStart Scholarship payment to recipients||Mid-February 2024||Payment will made directly to the student’s bank account by electronic transfer of funds.|