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Aisling students lead the way to the ‘New Belfast’

By Ciara Quinn

AISLING Bursary honourees gathered at St Mary’s University College in the heart of the Gaeltacht Quarter to hear how they will lead the way forward in fulfilling their academic excellence for the “New Belfast”.

The Tuesday evening reception welcomed recipients and their business sponsors to the prestigious centre for learning as special guest speaker, Minister for Employment and Learning Dr Stephen Farry, congratulated the successful students. The Aisling Bursaries are a Belfast Media Group initiative in assocation with the West Belfast Partnership Board.

“The continued support of local businesses and individuals in assisting people from the local community to progress to further and higher education has been invaluable,” said the Minister. “The Aisling Bursaries initiative has provided local businesses with the opportunity to put financial resources back into the community, which in turn has assisted local students in West Belfast.”

Chief Executive of the West Belfast Partnership Board, Geraldine McAteer, said: “This is the 12th Annual Aisling Bursaries and in these years we have generated donations of £427,500. This year we are very honoured to award a total of £27,000 to a total of 35 worthy recipients. We commend the 25 local business, families and individuals who have invested in our local students. The funds provide a valuable channel for students to access further and higher education and training.  Local businesses and companies contribute either £1,000 or £500 and in the process make a firm commitment to developing the skills of the local community and enhancing young people’s capacity to achieve their full potential.”

Managing Director of the Belfast Media Group, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, called the bursary honourees “ambassadors for the bright New Belfast”.

“The Aisling Bursary recipients have put education at the very heart of their personal development with a view to giving back in spades to their communities and city in the time ahead,” he added.

n See next week’s Andersonstown News for a special supplement on the Aisling Bursaries.

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