As a new college term begins, two lucky students from Co. Sligo have received word that their academic studies will be funded by scholarships from The Naughton Foundation.
The foundation has supported Irish students in their desire to study science, engineering and technology at third level institutions in Ireland for several years now and the presentation of the 2012 scholarship awards will be made today, Saturday September 22nd, in The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin.
Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn TD will join Dr. Martin Naughton, founding patron of The Naughton Foundation, and his wife Carmel Naughton in presenting the winning students with their awards at the ceremony this evening.
The first place award in each county is a scholarship worth €16,000 and the second place award is €8000. The school of each winning student will receive a prize of €1,000 towards the school’s science laboratory to encourage interest, research and further academic pursuit. This bursary for schools has proven very beneficial in the county.
The exemplary Co. Sligo students to be awarded scholarships by The Naughton Foundation this evening are:Gold Medal: Amy Kelly, Mercy College, Sligo.
Amy has accepted a place at Trinity College Dublin to begin her studies in Engineering.
Silver Medal: Zachery Hickey, St Mary’s College, Ballisodare, Co. Sligo.
Zachery will go on to study Mathematical Science at National University of Ireland, Galway.
Established in January 2008, the Naughton Foundation scholarships are a scheme of bursaries introduced to promote the study of engineering, science and technology in any publicly funded university or third-level institution in Ireland, including Northern Ireland.
Initially serving counties Louth, Meath and Monaghan, the foundation has since expanded to include counties Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Longford, Roscommon and Cavan in the programme.The 2011 scholarship winners from Co. Sligo were Liam Hallinan, Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone who is currently studying Theoretical Physics in Trinity College Dublin and Laura Henry, St Attracta’s Community School, Tubbercurry who is studying Biomedical Science at National University of Ireland, Galway.
Full details on the Naughton Foundation Scholarship Programme are available on the Foundation’s website www.thenaughtonfoundation.ie and applications for next year’s scholarship programme will be available for completion on the Foundation’s website from February 2013 with details of further expansion being announced.
Photo: Pictured at the Naughton Foundation Scholarship Awards 2012 held in the Science Gallery were Sligo recipients Amy Kelly, Mercy College Sligo - (Engineering -TCD) and Zachery Hickey, St Mary’s College, Ballysdare (Mathematical Science - NUI Galway) receiving their awards from Dr Martin Naughton and Education Minister Ruairi Quinn TD.
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