Boyzone announce student scholarship at BIMM Dublin in memory of Stephen Gately
29th March 2011
Boyzone have just announced the setting up of the Stephen Gately Student Scholarship at BIMM Dublin, which opens its doors in Dublin City Centre this September, offering a 4 year BA (Hons) degree course for full time students in partnership with Dublin Institute of Technology.
The Stephen Gately Scholarship will be open to all musicians who apply for the 100 places available at BIMM Dublin this September. The scholarship has been offered by Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch, Michael Graham & Ronan Keating to honour the memory of their brother, Stephen Gately. The scholarship is worth €2000 per annum registration fee for each of the 4 years amounting to €8,000, for one lucky student on the BA honours degree programme. The four members of Boyzone, along with BIMM Dublin will help decide which student will be awarded the scholarship. They will be hoping to find a candidate from a similar background to Stephen that shows the same love and passion for music and performing.
To be in with a chance to receive the Stephen Gately Student Scholarship, students must apply to BIMM Dublin through the CAO System, but must also apply directly to BIMM Dublin at www.bimm.ie where an appointment will be made to have them assessed by a BIMM Dublin tutor. Students will be offered an application form for the scholarship at the assessment.
Commenting on the announcement of the Stephen Gately Student Scholarship at BIMM Dublin, Ronan Keating said, “Keith, Shane, Mikey and I are delighted to have set up a scholarship in Stephen’s memory at BIMM Dublin, something Stephen himself would be very proud of. It is such a positive thing to see BIMM coming to Dublin to offer young Irish people who care deeply about music the chance to carve out a career in music. The other Boyz and I know how difficult it is for people to get a break in the music industry, so if this scholarship helps one student get closer to achieving their dream, then that’s great. It really is fantastic way to keep Stephen’s memory alive among the next generation of successful Irish musicians.”
Kevin Nixon, BIMM Group President added, “We are very grateful to Ronan and the other members of Boyzone for their continued interest in and support of BIMM. It also feels very right to be able to offer a music scholarship to a BIMM student during our first year in Stephen’s own city and gives us another reason to feel very excited about BIMM’s future in Dublin.”
BIMM Dublin will open its doors in September and offer a 4 year BA (Hons) degree course which will be run by musicians for up to 500 students who will have the opportunity to study guitar, bass, drums, vocals, song writing and music business studies from a new state of the art purpose built facility in Dublin City Centre.