Students from across the country were presented with scholarships totalling nearly €280,000 at last week’s awards ceremony in UL. There were more than 110 awards, including over 30 sports scholarships.
Once again 40 students will benefit from the UL40 Scholarships, introduced in 2012 to mark the college’s 40th anniversary and valued at €2,000 each.
Thirty-three outstanding sportspeople received UL Sports scholarships in 2017. Gold UL Sports Scholarships were awarded to Irish women’s rugby captain, Niamh Briggs; Clare’s All-Star winning hurler Tony Kelly and hockey player Shane O’Donoghue, who represented Ireland at the 2016 Olympics.
Bachelor of Engineering student Cian Hogan, from Sixmilebridge and a former pupil of St Caimin’s Community School, Shannon, was awarded the Microsemi Scholarship, established in 2012/13 by Ennis-based semiconductor developer, Microsemi Ireland.
Award winners in the annual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition were also presented with scholarships. This year’s recipients were Bachelor of Engineering student Eoin McCarthy from Waterfall, Cork, and Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering student Colin McNelis of Ennis.
Congratulating the 2017 UL Scholars, Vice President Academic and Registrar, Dr Pat Phelan, who presented the scholarships, said: “Through this scholarship programme, UL is delighted to recognise these 110 outstanding students. UL is proud to acknowledge and support each of them as they continue to excel in sport and academia”.