Ornua Scholarship: MSc Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development

At a glance

  • Value: €12,500 per student
  • You must apply for the MSc Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development to be eligible for this scholarship
  • Questions on this scholarship should be directed to Olive McCarthy and Noreen Byrne, Programme Directors of the MSc Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development.
  • Applications should be submitted to Aoife Sammon, Programme Administrator, at a.sammon@ucc.ie

Ornua is a dairy co-operative which sells dairy products on behalf of its Members; Ireland’s dairy processors and, in turn, Irish dairy farmers. It is Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, exporting to 110 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Dublin, it has annualised sales of over €2.3 billion and a global team of 2,400 employees. Ornua operates from 10 business units worldwide, including 13 production facilities, and has sales and marketing teams working in-market across all four corners of the globe.

The Group is structured across two divisions: Ornua Foods and Ornua Ingredients.

Ornua Foods is responsible for the marketing and sales of Ornua’s consumer brands including Kerrygold, Dubliner, Pilgrims Choice, Kerrygold Avantage, Forto and BEO. Markets are served by production facilities and in-market sales and marketing teams in Africa, Asia, Germany, Ireland, the UK, the rest of Europe, the Middle East and the US. Ornua Ingredients is responsible for the procurement of Irish and non-Irish dairy products and for the sale of dairy ingredients to food manufacturing and foodservice customers across the world. Ornua Ingredients is also responsible for managing volatility through de-risking and trading strategies. The business is supported by production facilities in Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UK, the US and by in-market teams in Africa and the Middle East

  • Entry criteria:
    • Students must secure a minimum Second Class Honours Grade 1 in an approved primary degree or equivalent.
    • Students must have applied for the MSc Co-operatives, Agri-Food and Sustainable Development via the UCC Applications System, have received an offer and have accepted a place on the programme to qualify to apply for the Scholarship.
    • This Scholarship is open to all EU/UK students.

    Applications must include a short personal statement in response to the following (max. 500 words):

    “What impact would achieving this scholarship have for you?”


    A shortlist of students will be chosen and an interview will take place to discuss your application. The judging panel will include the co directors of the programme and a representative from Ornua Co-operatives Limited.

    Applicants must name at least two referees – one academic and one professional.

    Please note if a scholarship holder withdraws from the programme for which s/he has registered or fails to continue throughout the year to meet the attendance and other requirements for the programme, including examination entry, s/he may be required to repay to the College the whole or part of the scholarship.  

    Applications: Ornua Scholarship Application FormOrnua Scholarship Application Form


    Opens:   May 1st 2021

    Closes:   August 3rd 2021


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