Three Post-Primary Schools awarded Creative Bursary despite lockdown limitations.
Three Post-Primary Schools awarded Creative Bursary despite lockdown limitations.

IAPI & Griffith College have once again collaborated on the joint Creative Bursary for DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) post-primary schools in Ireland.

This scheme is intended to encourage students to consider careers in creative commercial sectors by taking part in creative subjects and projects during their school years. Once again this year we asked applicants to re-brand their own school crests and logos. Each school was also required to submit a video presenting their ideation, the execution and the delivery of their individual projects.

Griffith College have once again generously provided bursary funding of €10,000 and we were delighted to present the top three schools with their cash prizes this week which will go towards equipment and projects to develop students' creative skills.

The winning schools were

  • 1st Place - Assumption Secondary School, D12
  • 2nd Place - St. Dominic’s College, D7
  • 3rd Place - St Michael’s Holy Faith, D11

IAPI member agencies will once again provide experiential opportunities in the form of additional training, workshops and on-site events (or virtual events - the finer detail on how we might roll out this element of the bursary in 2020 are yet to be determined.)

This experiential partnership for the 2019 recipients was executed in conjunction with IAPI members earlier this year. Each participating agency provided students with an insider's view of working in an agency environment and the participating students were delighted with the opportunity.

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. 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 a new world of creativity to the next generation of creative talent.

IAPI's CEO Charley Stoney said of this year's entries "We are so fortunate to be partnered with Griffith College in this scheme and to be witness to such incredible creativity. Most exciting is the prospect that we are reaching out to students at such an early stage and managing to convey the gauntlet of benefits creativity provides in a real world project".