Microgaming Helps Students To Make It At University

Online gambling software developer's bursary scheme benefits promising Isle of Man students

The major Isle of Man-based online gambling software provider Microgaming has created a tertiary education bursary scheme designed to support promising Isle of Man students in furthering their education in cases where they may be precluded by financial circumstance from attending or continuing to study at university.

The award will see Microgaming fund accommodation and essential living costs (excluding course fees) up to GBP 6,000 per annum. Recipients of the bursaries will be carefully selected based on demonstrable talent in an effort to bring island-grown talent to the fore.

Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming, said Monday: "The youth of the Island are our future – this generation will shape the growth of the Isle of Man. It is essential that we provide them with the tools to reach their potential and that's why we created this initiative.

"We are passionate about corporate social responsibility and are proud of the contribution we make to the Island. We are well-known for providing support to local charities, health projects, events and sports clubs; our new education initiative complements the work we already do on the island. We want to see the Isle of Man thrive."

The bursaries will be managed and distributed by the IOM Department of Education and Children (DEC). The scheme is open to students who are eligible for a DEC maintenance grant and have secured a place on an approved undergraduate degree course. Students don't necessarily need to be studying for a degree in technology or business to apply.

John Gill, Head of Legal and Administrative Services at the DEC, said: "This initiative from Microgaming will be life-changing to several local students. With A-level results announced this week, I encourage anyone who believes they meet the bursary criteria to apply now."

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