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The Duke Of Edinburgh Legacy Bursary Scheme

As a legacy to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, we are  providing an annual bursary scheme to enable, encourage & empower our youth. Applications are now closed.

Please note: This scheme is different to and NOT linked with the well-known Duke of Edinburgh Awards Programme.


The death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh caused a wave of devastation across our Nation and I felt that in recognition of his many achievements, his forward thinking and dedication to country we should honour his legacy.

Prince Philip was a remarkable man - He served in the British forces during WW2, was a patron, president or member of over 780 organisations, the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the longest-lived male member of the British Royal family. On the date of his retirement - August 2nd 2017- he had completed 22,219 solo engagements and 5,493 speeches since 1952. No one could ever doubt or question his dedication to Queen and Country.

His establishment of the Duke of Edinburgh awards has had a massive, positive impact on the lives of many young people. In the UK since 1956 over 3.1 million Awards have been achieved and over 6.7 million have been started. Over 2million of those awards achieved are from young people here in Northern Ireland. However, I was conscious that the format of those awards would not interest or suit everyone. I also wanted to provide something that would also benefit those in the younger age category of 11-16yrs that would typically miss out on funding opportunities. 

With this in mind, I’m incredibly proud that we have created our own bursary as a legacy to the Duke of Edinburgh here in our Borough which will enable young people to learn new skills, volunteer, gain self-confidence, make a difference in their community and follow their passion. Through this programme the legacy of a remarkable man lives on and will enable, encourage and empower our youth.

Councillor Leah Smyth

Duke of Edinburgh Legacy Bursary Scheme

Bursaries Available

The Council is providing a total of twenty bursaries of £1,000 across two age categories ; 11-16 years and 17-25 years. Successful applicants are currently taking part in a 10 week programme which started in September 2023 to develop numerous personal and life skills which include;

  • Volunteering
  • Drugs/Alcohol Awareness
  • Good Relations
  • Leadership
  • Money Management
  • Sports Activities
  • Animal Welfare
  • Dance and Drama
  • Fitness & Nutrition
  • Photography

On completion of the 10 week programme participants will be able to apply for the bursary.  
If you have any queries on this programme please contact Kerry Brady 
E. kerry.brady@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk or T.  0300 123 4568 or 07739 609 902

Bursaries Available