IAPI and Griffith College are delighted to announce the results of our joint Creative Bursary for DEIS schools across Ireland. The aim of the scheme is to encourage students to consider careers in creative media by taking part in creative subjects and projects during their school years.

Griffith College provided the bursary funding of €10000 and individual winning schools could receive up to €5,000 worth of funding towards equipment and projects to develop students' creative skills. As well as this, IAPI member agencies Core, Group M, Guns of Knives, Verve, Chemistry, Dynamo, Mindshare, Epsilon and Bonfire have partnered with the scheme to provide the winners with experiential opportunities in the form of additional training, workshops and on-site events. This partnership will provide students with an insider's view into what it's like to working in an agency environment.

Deputy Head of Journalism and Media at Griffith College, Dr. Robbie Smyth, said in relation to the scheme,We are delighted to be partnering with IAPI in this bursary scheme. It will provide schools with a unique opportunity to explore their identity and create a new brand. At Griffith we are looking forward to sampling the ideas and plans of the schools involved. This bursary is not just a monetary prize but offers the winning schools access to some of the cutting-edge advertisers of today and opens up an new world of creativity to the next generation of creative talent.

Participating schools were required to submit a proposal to rebrand their school by designing a new logo and tagline and submitting an accompanying submission video involving students and staff. Shortlisted entries were reviewed by a panel comprised of IAPI and Griffith representatives.

CEO of IAPI Charley Stoney said, "Through this creative bursary, Griffith College is providing IAPI with a unique opportunity to connect with the future generation of advertising creative talent. By reaching out at such a young age, it will help creative thinkers see that the advertising and communications industry is a viable and exciting career option for them."

We are delighted to announce the winning schools that were awarded the following bursaries-

Colaiste Eoin in Finglas were awarded €5000, St. Tiernan’s Community School in Balally received €3000, Kylemore College in Ballyfermot got €1000 and St. Pauls in Clontarf were awarded €1000.