Taoiseach Launches Third Level Education Bursary for Students with Sight Loss on World Sight Day
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, launched a new bursary programme for third level students who are blind or vision impaired today, on World Sight Day, Thursday 12th October. The bursary is funded by the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI).
Bobbie Hickey (second left), a 19-year-old student from Dublin, who is currently attending Rathmines College, completing a QQI Level 5 course in Journalism and Public Relations and hopes to move on to study media and communications in 2018, said: “Going to college is a big step for any young person but when you have a disability, there are additional challenges you have to overcome. I have sight loss and it everything takes a bit more effort and more determination to get ahead. It’s not impossible and support, like the bursary from NCBI, will help anyone who’s ready to take that step into third level.”