New scholarship scheme for students from disadvantaged areas.

THE EDUCATION MINISTER Ruairí Quinn has announced a new scholarship scheme for higher education, for students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.  The new scheme will see 60 students from DEIS (designated disadvantaged) secondary schools receive a bursary of €2,000 this coming September, with the number of bursaries rising over the next three years. It is intended that 350 students will be able to avail of the bursary by 2015. The awards will be given on a regional basis, rewarding students based on their Leaving Cert results.

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