The deadline for applications for this year’s I.H.S. educational grants has been extended by one week to Friday, October 1.
The Society offers educational grants each year to people with haemophilia or related bleeding disorders, and/or their immediate family members who go on to do a post second level educational course.
The purpose of the grant is to offer financial support to students to assist them with the extra expenses involved with their studies.
** Please note, even if you are eligible to apply for more than one grant, you can only apply for one of them.
You can apply online or you can download the application forms below, and post the completed forms into the office; there is more info on the various grants available below too.
There are three categories of grants available as follows:
The Maureen & Jack Downey Educational Grant: This grant is made available to a person with haemophilia or related bleeding disorder, including a person with carrier status (defined as a person with mild, moderate or severe haemophilia or related bleeding disorder, or defined a carrier with levels ranging from 1% to 40%). The person must have been accepted onto a post second level educational course from level 7 to 9. The person must be registered at the National Coagulation Centre at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin.
Grants Available: First prize €4,000: Second prize €2,000: Third prize €1,000
The Margaret King Educational Grant: This grant is made available to an immediate family member of a person with haemophilia or related bleeding disorder, be it a spouse, son, daughter, sister, brother, mother or father. Carriers with factor levels greater than 40% can also apply for this grant. The person applying must be accepted on a post second level educational course at levels 7 to 9. The person with the bleeding disorder must be registered at the National Coagulation Centre at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin.
Grants Available: First prize €2,000: Second prize €1,000: Third prize €500
The Father Paddy McGrath Educational Grant: This grant is made available to a person with haemophilia or related bleeding disorder, including a person with carrier status and also includes immediate family members i.e. a spouse, son, daughter, sister, brother, mother or father who has been accepted on a post second level educational course at level 5 or 6. Carriers must have levels ranging from 1% – 40% to be considered as having a bleeding disorder. A scoring scale will apply to this category with points being awarded depending on the severity of the person’s bleeding disorder.
A person with a bleeding disorder: First prize €1,000: Second prize €500: Third prize €250
A family member of a person with the bleeding disorder: First prize €500: Second prize €250: Third prize €125
How are the applications scored and who scores them?
Once the closing date arrives and all the applications have been received, a subgroup of three people from the executive board (which cannot include anyone with a family member applying for any of the grants) meet to consider and score the applications, and make recommendations to the rest of the executive board regarding recipients. The successful applicants are then notified at the end of October by letter.
Applications are scored on the following:
• The quality of the application.
• The information given on the application form.
• Involvement in the Irish Haemophilia Society.
• Financial need.
• How many in the family are going to college.
• If the application is a first-time application.
Can I apply every year?
Yes, you can apply every year, even if you have already been successful, but remember even if you are eligible to apply for both grants you can only apply for one of them. Take some time to complete your application, as the more complete and detailed your application is, the higher your chance is of being successful. And please do fill out the application yourself!
Please note: A receipt of payment for your college course must be submitted with your application.