The BT Travel and Accommodation Grant Scheme, created for students taking part in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, has provided financial aid totaling over €10,000 for schools in Kilkenny in the past six years.
Increased in 2012 to €75,000 per year nationally, the BT grant is opening up the competition to a wider number of young people.Schools which are located over 70km from the RDS can apply for a grant of €150 per individual entry or €300 for a group entry, up to a maximum of €1,500 per school.
One local school, Coláiste Pobal Osraí, has received €2,800 in financial assistance to date. Lughaidh O’Neill, a teacher at Coláiste Pobal Osraí said the grant scheme was a significant help.
“The BT Young Scientist competition has made an enormous contribution to our science program by allowing students to experience and take pride in real science,” he said.
“We see a lasting effect in the many students who have been able to participate thanks to the assistance of the Grant”
Chelsea DePaor, a 16 year old student at the school, agreed.
“Because this grant was made available, I had the chance to take part in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in January and it really made me think about what I want to do in college,” she said.
“A group of us spent the week there and it opened our eyes to the opportunities that exist for our future. Everyone thought it was amazing”.
The exhibition is organised by BT, one of the world’s leading communications and IT services companies. The closing date for project submissions for the 2013 exhibition is fast approaching: October 1.
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from January 9–12 2013. For more information on the exhibition, log onto www.btyoungscientist.com, check out http://www.facebook.com/BTYSTE, or on twitter at http://twitter.com/btyste.