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Ornua And DCU Announce University Of Sanctuary Scholarship Partnership

By Donna Ahern
Ornua And DCU Announce University Of Sanctuary Scholarship Partnership

Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of dairy products and owner of the Kerrygold brand, has revealed that they are gifting one student, through the University of Sanctuary at Dublin City University, a scholarship to complete an undergraduate degree.

As part of DCU’s commitment as a University of Sanctuary, the University is offering opportunities that enable asylum seekers to study at DCU.

These students will receive fee-waivers, funded by DCU and will be integrated into the existing support infrastructures for students from disadvantaged backgrounds at DCU, through the renowned DCU Access Service and the DCU Inter Faith Centre.

Sisa Bhebhe from Zimbabwe, the recipient of the scholarship, had the opportunity to meet members of the Ornua team for the first time at a gathering in DCU last week.

Opportunity To Focus


Due to Ornua’s donation of a financial scholarship, Bhebhe has the opportunity to focus on learning and discovery, without the added pressure of financial stress and strain. Bhebhe began her course in BSc Accounting & Finance at DCU in September 2018.

“This initiative links to the commitments Ornua have made as part of ‘Our Way Matters’ – which is our approach to sustainability and corporate social responsibility," Majella Darcy, Chief People Officer, Ornua said.

"Our aim is to be an employer of choice, providing excellent development opportunities for our global workforce. So, it is fitting that we are extending our passion for education and learning to someone from outside the organisation. We are proud to provide the funding that will allow Sisa to further her education and aid her integration into Irish society.”

In December 2016, DCU became Ireland’s first ever ‘University of Sanctuary’ highlighting the University’s commitment to welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into higher education and fostering a culture of inclusion.

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