Pre-entry Scholarships and Entry Schemes

Stephen Walsh Memorial Scholarship for Engineering

Open for 2024-2025

Stephen Walsh from Westport, Co. Mayo was a Construction Management student at our Galway campus. He was very popular amongst his classmates and was a dedicated class representative enjoying college life and (as he would say himself) “living the dream”. In March 2022, Stephen was on work placement on a construction site when he died suddenly.

This scholarship is offered in memory of Stephen.

The Stephen Walsh Memorial Scholarship  is specifically available for students accepting a course in our School of Engineering in Galway.

The scholarship of €5,000 is to support a student entering an engineering programme in ATU Galway who is from a socio-economically or other disadvantaged background, or who has faced difficult personal circumstances.

This financial scholarship is provided in increments over the duration of the programme of study.

Note: Applicants must have taken the Leaving Certificate exams within the last two years.

A candidate must satisfy the following conditions:

1.    Be a new entrant to higher education.

2.    Be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state, Switzerland, or the UK.

3.    Have taken the Leaving Certificate exams within the last two years.

4.    Be a current applicant for any ATU Galway Engineering programme through the CAO and satisfy the general and specific criteria for entry.

5.    Have family income under the current threshold for the third-level maintenance grant scheme.

Criteria for Selection

1.    Compliance with conditions specified at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 above.

2.    An academic reference is required as part of the assessment process. Applicants should request an academic reference from their school.

Nominated candidates may be short-listed. Those short-listed may be interviewed in August, following Leaving Certificate results and CAO first round offers.

How to apply

Applications for the 2024/25 academic year open on May 6th 2024 and close on June 21st 2024 @ 5pm

Link to application form

All application documentation must be submitted by 5th July 2024.

If you require any further support, please contact the Access & Participation Office at   

Special Sports and Cultural Achievement (SSCA) Scheme

Special Sports and Cultural Achievement (SSCA) Scheme NOW OPEN FOR 24/25

The SSCA Scheme is a special entry scheme (worth up to 50 points) targeted at outstanding sportspersons and those who have made a significant contribution to cultural activities. Ten additional places will be reserved for candidates who are committed to further developing their sporting, cultural and academic careers.

A maximum of two places will be available on any ATU full-time programme, except for the following:

  • AU671 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Science
  • AU690 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in General Nursing
  • AU691 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing
  • AU680 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Education (Design, Graphics & Construction)
  • AU620 Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Art, Design & Communication Graphics


Candidates will be required to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Satisfy the ATU minimum entry requirements (general entry requirements and specific programme entry requirements) for the programme(s) to which they are applying.
  • Demonstrate evidence of sporting or cultural achievements. Candidates will be assessed on sporting/cultural achievement and academic performance.

How to apply

Applications for the 2024/25 academic year are now open.

To begin your application please click here. All applications must be submitted by 31th July 2024.

For further information, please contact the Access & Participation Office by email at or School Liaison Office by email at