Class of 2024 Peer Bursary Gift

The Peer Bursary Gift is a continuation of the work of our founder Edmund Rice – to educate boys who cannot afford an Aquinas College education. Edmund Rice saw the need for poor Catholic boys in Ireland to be educated as a way of escaping the cycle of poverty and improving their lives, and the lives of their families and communities.

Traditionally, each Leaving Class has left the College a parting gift, and examples of these gifts can be found around the campus: the stained glass window in the Veritas Centre and the wooden display cabinet in the Edmund Rice Administration Building are just two examples.

The Class of 2017, however, decided to take a different approach - an Edmund Rice approach. Rather than raising funds to purchase another ‘gift’ for the College, the boys decided instead to raise funds to give the life-changing gift of an Aquinas College education to another boy.

Each Peer Bursary Gift represents a two-year half-bursary for a boy who would otherwise not be able to afford the Aquinas College experience that our boys are privileged to receive.

Not surprisingly, the Peer Bursary Gift has become a tradition at the College.

There are many ways to contribute -

• Each Leaving Class is asked to raise funds throughout the year- sausage sizzles, quiz nights, leftover ball money: get creative!

• During Year 12, the College/Foundation writes to each family - by way of the Graduation Information Document - asking for a $50 tax-deductible contribution towards the Peer Bursary Gift

• A fundraising page has been established to accept online donations


A plaque commemorating the generosity of the Class of 2024 Peer Bursary Gift will be commissioned and hung alongside the existing plaques in the Heritage Room.

Thank you for continuing this great tradition and good luck with your fundraising!