Life Ring Fintech Scholarship

As a leading fintech company we’re keen to encourage students that may never have considered a career in financial technology to explore what the sector has to offer…whether or not they end up joining our company after they graduate.

That’s why we’re continuing to support our Fintech Scholarship project, now in its fourth year, giving students from across Northern Ireland the chance to explore what the world of fintech has to offer.


The Fintech Scholarship is open to all students currently studying an undergraduate or postgraduate course – it doesn’t have to be in financial technology.

Students from all other disciplines, whether it’s law or engineering, the life sciences or the liberal arts, design or humanities, are all encouraged to apply – you just need to be currently enrolled in full-time education at an accredited higher education college or university in Northern Ireland.

If that’s you – read on!

Your application

The main aim of our Fintech Scholarship is to encourage students like your good self to research the fintech sector and get excited about everything it has to offer.

With that in mind, the application process involves writing or videoing an insightful blog/vlog post about fintech.

It doesn’t have to be long to be interesting – 400 to 500 words should do the trick.

Your article should discuss 1) any barriers and benefits you think there currently are to a university education 2) potential benefits the fintech industry has for NI and for students 3) and finally any barriers to pursuing a career in fintech – we want to know any hesitations students may have so we can work towards showing them all that the fintech industry has to offer. And although we’re the leading price comparison platform in Northern Ireland (we launched in 2009, and were recognised with Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards six years in row) your blog post does not have to be about car insurance, home insurance or price comparison technologies.

Once you’ve written/recorded and published your blog/vlog, you should publish it online on the platform of your choosing, whether that’s, LinkedIn Pulse or your own blog.

Wherever you decide to publish it, though, make sure it’s published under your own name – pseudonyms just won’t cut the mustard!

Finally…it’s very important you don’t use the help of AI to write your article – any content created using artificial intelligence will result in disqualification from the competition.

How to apply

When you’ve written and published your blog post you can apply for the Fintech Scholarship by emailing with a link to your published piece.

One winner will be chosen from Northern Ireland, with the winning student receiving a £1,000 bursary.

The deadline

The deadline to apply for the Fintech Scholarship is 23:59 on 30th Apri 2024. This year’s winner is Bronagh Cassidy, a BSc. Economics student from Ulster University, with the following winning entry – Fintech in Northern Ireland — the Student Story | by Bronagha Cassidy | Medium

The scholarship

Our Fintech Scholarship will award the successful applicant a £1,000 bursary, which the student can use to cover part of the cost of their studies, such as textbooks, course materials or any other living expenses

Terms & Conditions

1. In order to be eligible to apply for the Fintech Scholarship the applicant must be in full-time higher education in Northern Ireland, and must be able to provide proof of this fact. Please see details above in respect to the application, how to apply and the deadline, all of which also form part of these Terms & Conditions.

2. The Fintech Scholarship will be awarded by’s registered company name, Seopa Ltd, with our company’s scholarship panel choosing one winner for Northern Ireland.

3. Only one application will be accepted from each student. If a student applies more than once Seopa Ltd’s scholarship panel will consider the application with the earliest time stamp.

4. The scholarship panel’s decision is final.

5. The successful applicant agrees to Seopa Ltd and its affiliated brands using his or her name, course of study and college or university name in press releases or other publicity materials.

6. The copyright of each applicant’s blog post remains with the applicant, but Seopa Ltd reserves the right to share those blog posts via its social media channels, use short excerpts as part of publicity materials and link to them from its websites.

7. By entering into this scholarship process the applicant undertakes and warrants that the blog post has not been previously published, is their own original work and will not infringe intellectual property rights of anyone – nor should they use AI to write any part of the copy. The applicant further warrants that the work will not contain any material which is defamatory, private or confidential or which is unlawful in any way. Any application in breach of this clause will be disqualified from being considered by Seopa Ltd’s scholarship panel.

8. Seopa Ltd takes no responsibility and is not liable in any way in respect to the content or accuracy of the blog post published by the applicant. The applicant accepts any and all liability arising from the content of their blog post.

9. Seopa Ltd does not accept responsibility for any damage, loss or disappointment suffered by the applicant resulting from its application or participation in the Fintech Scholarship.

10. Seopa Ltd reserves the right to vary, amend or cancel the Fintech Scholarship. Any changes to the Fintech Scholarship will be posted on

11. The personal details you provide with will be used in accordance with’s privacy policy and data protection legislation. By applying for the Fintech Scholarship you agree to the collection, retention and use of your personal data in order to process and contact you about your application.

12. Seopa Ltd is not responsible for contacting or responding to applicants who provide inaccurate or incomplete information or for applications that are lost, misdirected or delayed.

13. By applying for the Fintech Scholarship the applicant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions and the additional details outlined above.

14. The Fintech Scholarship is organised by Seopa Ltd, 5th Floor Link Building, Adelaide Exchange, 24-26 Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8GD. If you have any queries regarding the Fintech Scholarship, please contact us at