Belfast bar offers first full year of paid tuition fees to student under new scholarship scheme

A Belfast bar association has pledged to pay full first-year tuition fees for a new university student from Northern Ireland, who will start their studies in Belfast this year.

uckoo, which is based south of Lisburn Road in the city, announced its inaugural scholarship plans on Monday, with a commitment to also provide textbooks to the five finalists.

Owner Jim Crawford said the pub and nightclub would be sending letters and information about the new curriculum to all secondary schools in Northern Ireland this week.

“With the cost of living constantly rising, we would like to announce the first ever Cuckoo Scholarship,” reads the bar’s flyer.

“We will pay for the first year’s tuition for the successful candidate, as well as the purchase of their textbooks. We will also purchase textbooks for the five finalists.”

Students applying must be attending university or higher education in Belfast in September 2022 and must already be residing in Northern Ireland.

Cuckoo said it welcomes “applications from students of all backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexuality, socio-economic background or disability.”

Applicants will be required to answer questions and also write a short essay, which will be judged by a panel of selected teachers and managers from Silverpine Inns Ltd, the company behind bars such as Cuckoo and The Botanic Inn.

Essays may be on any topic chosen by the student and should not exceed 1500 words.

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