About the Bursary Fund
Belfast Boys' Model School has a great history of pupil success, seen in many walks of life, from its time on both the Cliftonville Road and in more recent years, on the Ballysillan site. Some 2 years ago a number of former pupils of the School met to consider what to do in memory of Ernie Davis , a former Headmaster and Coach of the Schools Cup winning team in 1971, but something which would be of practical help to the boys at the school
As a result ,the Boys ’Model Bursary Fund was set up as a company limited by guarantee ,registered with the N I Charities Commission, and also with H M R C . The senior management team at the School drew up criteria on which three Bursary Awards would be made, and it was the responsibility of the Bursary Fund Directors to raise the Funds. This was done largely by one-off, or continuing contributions from former pupils.
In September 2016,the first three bursaries were awarded , for £3,000 to each of three boys , about to go to University. The bursaries are paid in annual installments as the boys progress. In September 2017, a further three bursaries were awarded to another three boys, on the same terms
The second Belfast Boys’ Model Bursary Awards for the three categories of achievement at GCE A level, STEM and Vocational subjects were presented last week by Dr. Keating at the annual Senior School Awards Ceremony.
This group of pupils, not only have attained the highest grades in each category, but also have typified the values of respect, commitment and integrity. Their many personal qualities and skills helped to build their success and we hope that the financial support of £1000 for each year of the Further or Higher Education study that comes with these bursaries, not just takes some of the pressure off their studies, but gives them the confidence and inspiration to take themselves forward to the successful future each of them so richly deserve.
Firstly, the GCE A Level Bursary award - Curtis Patrick. He was always able to work independently, with energy and positivity, qualities, which along with his artistic, analytic, creative and interpersonal skills, will take him far in his chosen field.
Secondly, the Bursary Award for STEM was presented to Michael Holland. This student overcome significant obstacles in Year 14 to attain outstanding work in his Technology and is very deserving of this Award.
Finally, for the Vocational Bursary. A motivated, committed, mature and showing flair in his vocational subjects, this award was presented to Ronnie Nesbitt.
These are fantastic opportunities, motivation and inspiration for our Senior School pupils –well done boys.
The Boys’ Model Bursary Fund Raising CELEBRATORY DINNER
The Bursary Fund continues to raise funds for further bursaries, and so on Friday 20th October, held a Dinner to celebrate the setting up of the Fund, to raise further funds, and to provide opportunity for former pupils, past and present staff, and friends of the Boys’ Model to meet together.
It was a most memorable occasion and these selection of photographs show some of those who attended the Dinner. There are more photos on the main website in the News & Events section.
Further details about the Fund can be obtained below - "How you can help".
How you can help
If you would like to help send a Boys’ Model pupil to university, all you have to do is get in touch and we’ll set you up a direct debit so you can make easy monthly payments to the fund. If you would prefer to make a one off donation we can also arrange that.