There are a wide range and number of awards made each year on the basis of academic performance and an assessment of potential. The following outlines the major scholarships and awards which may be made each year.
Junior Scholarships are offered to the highest performers in the Entrance Assessments to Form I. This provides a discount of 16% (one sixth) on the fees. These awards are tenable for three years (the duration of the Junior cycle).
The Pennefather Scholarship may be awarded to high performing pupils from Form III, who are invited to sit examinations in May of Form III (internal candidates only). The major award, the Pennefather Scholarship, is tenable for the final three years of a pupil’s school career (i.e. Forms IV, V & VI) and provides a discount of 33% (one third) of the annual fees.
Pennefather Exhibitions may also be awarded at this point, also tenable for three years and provide a discount of 16% (one sixth) of the annual fees.
A Senior Scholarship may also be awarded in Form V, to an outstanding performer in the Michaelmas Term examinations, who is not already in receipt of an award. This award is tenable for the final two years and equates to a discount of 16% (one sixth) of the total annual fees.
From time to time, the Warden may make additional awards to those specified above, based on a particular talent (e.g. sport) or an all-round ability to contribute significantly to the life of a boarding school.
Senior and Junior Todd Scholarships, worth €1,000 and €500 respectively, are awarded to the candidates achieving the best points total in the annual Leaving Certificate examinations. An award is also made to the best foreign linguist.
Additional Awards & Discounts
The children of Church of Ireland clergy are entitled to a discount of 50% of the annual fees through the Norman Scholarship fund.
Children one of past pupils are entitled to a discount of 10% on the annual fees.
Parents with two or more children attending the College at the same time will be entitled to a discount of 10% on the annual fees for each child after the first.
The Old Columban Society (the association of past pupils) awards a scholarship to a child of an Old Columban, on the Warden’s recommendation. This is worth €1250 for one year only.
The Crichton Award may be made to a boy or girl seeking to enter the College in Form Primary or Form 1 who is from a Church of Ireland (or Anglican) background and who may have difficulty paying the full fees.
The sons and daughters of Church of Ireland clergy may apply for funds from the Norman Scholarship to help them through their Third Level education. In recent years, these have been awarded to all applicants and have been to the values of between €3,500 and €5,500 per annum.
Parents who experience difficulty in paying fees are urged to contact the College about the matter. Bursaries, which are means tested, may sometimes be made.