A Catch Up With Our Scholarship Class Of 2020 - Capital Credit Union

A Catch Up With Our Scholarship Class Of 2020

Last October we gave away €18,000 worth of Scholarships to several lucky student members across our community. This month we were delighted to have a catch up with  some of our scholarship class of 2020 and see how their scholarship prize has helped them so far, check out some of the testimonials below.


My name is Elsa. In 2019 I graduated from a design course from NCAD and have always wanted to learn more about business. I decided to do a course in Business and Payroll Administration at Dundrum College of Further Education.  


This course immediately appealed to me as it offers expertise in the area of accounts, payroll and general admin skills. This program is quite flexible and due to Covid it is online which I enjoy as I can work at my own pace as well as participate in online classes. I am a creative person, typically drawn to nature, sketching and card making. Throughout my degree I always enjoyed visiting lecturers from business owners and appreciating resourceful ways they stayed in business.  


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This sparked my curiosity to not only comprehend the design and creative process but also to consider the business side of things. This scholarship will help me to set up my room to create an easier space for learning. As both my sister and I are doing online courses from home this year, it is important for me to have a space where I can concentrate and be comfortable while studying.  


By converting a bedroom in our house into an office space and getting any additional equipment this will enhance my online learning journey. I am very surprised and grateful to have received this scholarship and am looking forward to utilising my new skills in the future. Thanks, Elsa. 


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My name is Rachel , I am a second-year student studying Business in Technological University Dublin. I had missed a call and when I rang James at Capital Credit Union back, I couldn’t believe it when he told me I had won the Scholarship.  


It’s one of those things you enter but never really think you are going to win. I feel financial aid is important for students, especially this year as many students, including me are out of part time work due to Coronavirus so this money is really going to help as College has gone fully online now because of restrictions and I needed a new laptop and desk, so the scholarship has come at a perfect time for me. Thank you! 


Laura May

Hello, my name is Laura May. I’m currently a first-year student in Technological University Dublin and I’m studying a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition.  I would like to say a massive thank you to Capital Credit Union for hosting the 2020 Higher Education Scholarship Draw and giving me such an amazing opportunity.  


This money will benefit me and my family massively, especially during these troubling times. I am sure all students and families of students can agree that doing college online is a lot more difficult than once believed.  This is due to a lot of factors including resources available to you for example, internet connections, laptops, and the distractions of homelife. Especially if you have a loud busy household. As a result of these contributing factors, I will use this money to try to make it all a bit easier.  


I am going to put this money towards a new laptop and try to create a more office environment in the space I usually do my studies. Hopefully, by doing this it will aid me in my studies as I will be able to do the same things I can do on the computers that I would have used on campus, so I am not at a disadvantage.  


 I hope to create a more office environment by buying a desk and office chair, I am hoping this would make me work more efficiently in terms of organisation and it will create a little space away from the hustle and bustle of home life so I am not interfered with from distractions. 


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My name is Francesca, and I am a Graduate Entry Medical student in my third year, due to graduate in 2022.  I feel extremely privileged and grateful to have been one of the lucky winners of the 2020 Higher Education Scholarship Draw. The financial assistance from this will go directly towards my medical education costs.  This includes medical books, equipment for my clinical rotations and medical exams that I must take this year and next year, all of which amounts to a lot of money.  


This scholarship will be of enormous help to me. I would like to say a massive thank you to Capital Credit Union for organising this wonderful initiative to give students the opportunity of financial assistance with their studies. 



My name is Dane, I am a first year student currently studying Event Management in TUD.


Winning this scholarship draw comes at a perfect time for myself and my family. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, money has sadly become tighter and paying for my college fees was an added worry. But being lucky to receive this prize will go a long way to paying off my fees for the year and it means it’s one less thing to worry about. The idea to start this draw is brilliant and I hope you do the same next year 

I had previously studied last year but couldn’t continue so due to me changing courses it meant I lost my government cover and would have to pay full fees this year. I am so grateful to be a winner of the draw

because I can put it straight towards paying off the added fees for this year and lift a weight off my shoulders.  


The pandemic has kept me out of work since March bar a brief return before we entered level 5 restrictions. I was losing money as a result and my savings slowed down. receiving the prize money for this doesn’t just help me but also my parents and means they can now worry less about the added bill that was my college fees. 



Hello, my name is Emma and I live in Drimnagh. I am currently in my first year of college studying at Inchicore College of Further Education. The course I am doing is Nursing Studies.


Since I was younger I wanted to be a children’s nurse and I am very grateful that I am getting to study it now. The course has many different subjects such as ‘Human Growth and Development’, ‘Anatomy and Physiology’ and ‘Biology’. The money will help massively in two ways. I will be putting half of the money towards a laptop for college work as I am currently using a family laptop that isn’t in the best condition. Having my own laptop for college will help me keep up with work, allow me to attend all my online lectures and be able to use the laptop whenever I want. 


The other half of the money will go towards getting a printer. There are a lot of things that need to be printed out for nursing students, like forms for GARDA vetting etc.. Other things that must be printed out are vital sheets for work experience / placement. Without any of these sheets / forms that must be printed out I would not be able to take part in the work experience part of my course which is very important. 


My main goal is to complete this year in Inchicore College Of Further Education and move onto studying in UCD and after that becoming a registered children nurse. The money will play a massive part in getting me to my end goal. The laptop I will buy will last me those years and I will not need to worry about having to buy a new one, and likewise with the printer. 

Thank you for this scholarship and helping me with my journey through college. 


Thank You!

All of us at Capital Credit Union would  like to thank our winners for their kind words  and we wish them the best of luck in their studies.


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