The James Kane Foundation were delighted to contribute this year to the North Belfast Post Primary Bursary Programme.
Established by the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation and the Belfast Charitable Society, this Post Primary Bursary Programme is targeted at 16+ year olds who face financial barriers which may prevent them from continuing to AS / A-Level, further or higher education, employment or apprenticeship. The bursaries are administered by each of the 12 post primary schools in the North Belfast.
Other funders include Victoria Homes and a number of smaller benefactors.
The schools receiving the bursaries will have the flexibility to use the funds in a number of ways to support those pupils who need it most, or would be disadvantaged due to financial barriers.
Speaking on behalf of the schools Mary Montgomery, Principal of Belfast Boys’ Model and Chair of North Belfast Area Learning Community, said “We are delighted to be in receipt of these bursaries. Post COVID-19 we are increasingly aware of the financial pressures facing families, and this fund will be a huge help in breaking down some of those barriers to support our students. Whether that is to cover application fees for university, buy a new suit or travel fare for a job interview or to encourage young people to progress to AS or A-Levels, the fund offers us flexibility to tailor to individual needs.“