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UCD Champions Opening Doors Alumni Fund

My name is Paul O’Rourke, and I’m about to start my second year as a Physiotherapy student at UCD. 

It was always my dream to go to university and one day I will become a UCD graduate just like you! What I didn’t realise was that for young people where I’m from, going to university is not easy. 

I come from a single parent household, so the financial side of things was certainly hard. My mom always gave me as much as she could so I would have the best opportunities, even if it completely took from her own life. I didn’t want to let financial difficulties stand in my way, so I took on an extra job and worked every night and every weekend, but it is still a struggle. That is why I feel so fortunate to have been given a UCD scholarship. It’s made the world of difference to me. 

My scholarship meant I no longer went to bed with the worry of money hanging over my head. 

Your support really will change lives. It’s entirely up to you how much you would like to give each month, but here are some examples of how you can make a lasting difference to the life of another student like me.

  • €25 per month could help pay for essential college equipment for a student in need

  • €50 per month could help pay for transport to and from UCD

  • €100 per month could part-fund an entire scholarship

  • Or a one-off tax-efficient gift of €250 today could help a student towards paying their monthly rent 

I really hope my story inspires you to help another student like me. Your compassion and support are absolutely vital to their future here at UCD and I know how much they will thank you for believing in them, just as I thank your old UCD classmates for believing in me when I needed them most.

All funds raised go towards supporting our scholarship students, if our scholarship goal is reached remaining funds will be invested into mental health support on campus, which is much needed. 0% of your donation is spent on administration costs.