The West Belfast Partnership Board launched the 2017 Aisling Bursaries in 26 West Bar and Grill in the Kennedy Centre on Wednesday 3rd May 2017.

Now in its 18th year, the Aisling Bursaries are a community and private sector partnership, which identify the value our businesses and community place on education and training. Aisling Bursaries aim to financially assist students with their education and training costs, giving special consideration to candidates who have significant barriers preventing them from realising their full potential through education, such as economic barriers or family circumstances.

The Aisling Bursaries are committed to developing the skills of the local community, and enhancing the capacity of young people in West Belfast to achieve their full potential and goals through vocational training and academic studies.

Since its introduction in the year 2000, a total of 617 students have availed of the bursaries, with £574,500 being donated by local enterprise, business, families and individuals. 2016 saw 45 bursaries awarded to young people in West Belfast and the Shankill, and it is estimated that 2017 will be no different, with a large number of applicants expected.  

Edward Gray