Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarships are central to Rathdown’s ethos, and all students are encouraged to strive to realise their potential.


Rathdown Senior School offers an annual Scholarship Programme for incoming 1st Year students.

The annual Academic Scholarship Examinations are available to students whose Applications have been received and have been offered a place.

The Examinations will take place on: 

Date:  Saturday 6th November 2021

Time: 9 am - 1 pm

Drop Off Location: Senior School Reception

Subjects for the examination: 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Irish

The standard of papers will be that of Sixth Class standard work in a National School.

How to Apply

Step 1: Complete the Scholarship Application form:

Please return by Post or Email.

Step 2: Pay the non-refundable Entry fee of €30 through Easy Payments on our Home Page. Select "Scholarship" from the dropdown menu. 

Scholarship awards will be based on merit shown in the Entrance Scholarship Examination and will be renewed annually for successful candidates, providing satisfactory progress and conduct are maintained.

Each Candidate should be a current member of Sixth Class in National School or its equivalent, and should not have had more than one year in Sixth class or its equivalent.



Rathdown also provides financial assistance with tuition fees in the form of bursaries to help parents cope with situations of financial difficulty.

Application for bursary assistance should be made through the Principal and the application process is entirely confidential. Bursaries can apply to new or existing students.

Exceptional Talents

In addition to the academic scholarships available we like to encourage and recognise excellence in our students especially in the areas of sport, music and art. Rathdown has a fund to support those with exceptional talents and to help them fulfil their potential.  Please note this would only cover a portion of the fees. Access to this fund is gained through discussion with the Senior School Principal.