In September 2019 the first intake of boys on the Access Blackrock bursary programme will enter First Year in Willow Park. Over the years a number of boys from backgrounds of limited financial means and support have benefitted from a Blackrock College education. The College has now moved to make our bursary programme a more structured and formal delivery of educational and developmental opportunities to boys (and families) in the local community for whom a Blackrock College would otherwise be beyond their reach.
In partnership with three local DEIS schools – Holy Family, Monkstown; Dominican NS and St Joseph’s NS, both in Dun Laoghaire – Blackrock College is allocating up to three places in the College where the boy’s fees will be covered from First Year to Sixth Year. The outreach and support journey does not and cannot end when the boy completes his secondary education at Blackrock. After the boys’ time at Blackrock College a mentor programme will commence under the guidance of the College Union. This will provide practical support, advice and guidance to the boys exiting the Access Blackrock programme as they move into Third Level education and beyond. You might leave Blackrock, but Blackrock will never leave you. The responsibility to “Be There” and “Be Caring” carries right through the Rock boy’s lifetime.
Access Blackrock is a social diversity programme and, as such, qualifies for support from the corporate sector through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funding. We are appealing to members of the wider Blackrock family to consider supporting Access Blackrock as part of the CSR programme rolled out by your company/employer.
Details of how to support Access Blackrock can be found in the Access Blackrock bursary programme brochure or by contacting the Development Office directly.
Head of Development
Mr. Johnny O’Shea