Financial aid helps Offaly students take part in Young Scientist Exhibition

The BT Travel & Accommodation Grant Scheme, created for students taking part in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, has provided financial aid totaling over €300,000 through 834 grants to 335 schools across Ireland in the past seven years, of which schools in Offaly have received €1,400. Increased in 2012 to €75,000 per year, the BT grant is opening up the competition to a wider number of young people.

The BT Travel & Accommodation Grant Scheme, created for students taking part in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, has provided financial aid totaling over €300,000 through 834 grants to 335 schools across Ireland in the past seven years, of which schools in Offaly have received €1,400. Increased in 2012 to €75,000 per year, the BT grant is opening up the competition to a wider number of young people.

Speaking about the initiative secondary school students from across Ireland have praised the Grant Scheme and its benefits. The Grant has helped more students from across the country to participate in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

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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.

Colm O’Neill, CEO, BT Ireland said “We understand the financial challenges schools and parents face in these uncertain economic times. This grant is an investment in young people, ensuring that they have every opportunity to showcase their talent and can seize the benefits that this excellent exhibition can bring them.”

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, 2012 - and BT is hoping to break a new record for entry numbers.

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from January 9th – 12th 2013. For more information on the exhibition, log onto www.btyoungscientist.com