Aspire Scholarship Programme 2016 Seeks Scholars

29th March 2016

Posted In: FYI

For the seventh consecutive year, graduates from across Ireland are being given the opportunity to secure a scholarship from a €100,000 fund to attend Ireland’s leading business school, beginning this September.

The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Aspire Scholarship Programme 2016 is offering up to three MBA and nine MSc scholarships to graduates who may have thought a business masters was beyond their means.  

The Aspire Scholarship Programme was established in 2010, after an anonymous benefactor of the School committed €500,000 to establish the programme. The donor provided the funds specifically for those who could not otherwise afford to study at UCD Smurfit School and as a contribution to the recovery of the Irish economy.

Since 2010, almost 70 scholars have benefited from the donor’s generosity and many of these scholars are employed in leading companies such as Google, Citi, KPMG, Ulster Bank, PepsiCo, Microsoft, AIB, Accenture, Mitsubishi and PwC, among others.

The scholarship will pay for 50% of the successful candidates’ chosen course fees at UCD Smurfit School. Students will commence their studies in September 2016 and can choose to study any of the wide range of MBA and MSc courses on offer. A special Selection Committee has been established to decide who will be awarded the scholarships and will be chaired by Cormac McCarthy, former Chief Financial Officer, Paddy Power, and representatives from UCD Business.

The closing date for entry is 29th April 2016. Applications can be made at