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Educational Grants 2022

Have you been accepted onto a post second level educational course? Are you going to college?

Do you have haemophilia or a related bleeding disorder? Are you a family member of a person with haemophilia or related bleeding disorder?

If so, why not take the time to apply for an I.H.S. educational grant?

The Society offers educational grants each year to people with haemophilia or related bleeding disorders, including a person with carrier status and/or their immediate family members who go on to do a post second level educational course. The purpose of the grants is to offer financial support to students to assist them with the extra expenses involved with their studies. Each year applications open during the month of June and close during the month of September.

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.


What Types Of Educational Grants Are Available?

There are four categories of grants available as follows;

  • Maureen & Jack Downey Educational Grant
  • Margaret King Educational Grant
  • Father Paddy McGrath Educational Grant
  • Michael Davenport Educational Grant

What Is The Criteria For Applying?

The criteria for 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.

The criteria for 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.

The criteria for 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 (carriers with factor levels greater than 40% can apply for this grant) who has been accepted onto a post second level educational course at level 5 or level 6. This grant is also made available to immediate family members be it a spouse, son, daughter, sister, brother, mother or father who has been accepted onto a post second level educational course at level 5 or level 6. The person with the bleeding disorder must be registered at the National Centre for Hereditary Coagulation Disorders at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin.

The criteria for the Michael Davenport Educational Grant:

This grant is made available to a person with haemophilia or related bleeding disorder, including a person with carrier status (carriers with factor levels greater than 40% can apply for this grant) who has been accepted onto a post second level educational course at level 7 to 9. The person must be registered at the National Coagulation Centre at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin. The person must be a mature student going back into third level education. The educational grant will be a bursary for 3 to 4 years with 4 years being the maximum term of the grant. The person applying must prove they are staying in college for the 4 year period and must provide receipts.

How Much Are The Educational Grants For?

Maureen & Jack Downey Educational Grant
First prize €4,000
Second prize €2,000
Third prize €1000

Margaret King Educational Grant
First prize €2,000
Second prize €1,000
Third prize €500

Father Paddy McGrath Educational Grant (2 Grants)
1) A person with the bleeding disorder
First prize €1,000
Second prize €500
Third prize €250
2) A family member of a person with the bleeding disorder
First prize €500
Second prize €250
Third prize €125

Michael Davenport Educational Grant
€2,000 will be paid per year, with a maximum of €8,000 being paid out over a 4 year period.

How Are The Applications Scored And Who Scores Them?

Once the closing date arrives (which is usually towards the end of September) 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 more than one grant, 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!