As a Jesuit school, Clongowes operates a bursary programme that aims to ensure that there are the fewest possible barriers to access and that Clongowes fairly reflects the socio-economic diversity and increasing multiculturalism of our country. The Alberto Hurtado Bursary Programme (the AHP) is named in honour of a Chilean Jesuit Saint who himself received a scholarship in a Jesuit school. Approximately 10% of the boys in Clongowes are part of the AHP.
The bursary programme was established in 2007 out of a concern for social justice and a desire to embrace the diversity of modern Ireland. The bursary programme has been a great success delivering access to an outstanding living and learning environment to boys who would likely otherwise never have such an opportunity due to their families’ economic circumstances. Those students on our bursary programme are fully integrated into all aspects of school life and receive excellent pastoral care.
Students are not selected on the basis of academic, sporting or musical abilities. They are chosen by a selection committee on the basis of eligibility and suitability, family ambition and their potential to thrive in a boarding environment. Students are selected following the AHP application process which includes a visit to Clongowes by the family, assessment of the family’s income and a visit to the applicants home. Students come from all over Ireland to participate in the AHP and almost all have gone on to study at Third Level in a wide variety of areas of further study.