Jarek re­ceives a bur­sary for stud­ies

Bray People - - CHRISTMAS GREETINGS - BY MYLES BUCHANAN

For­mer Coláiste Chraobh Ab­hann stu­dent Jaroslaw (Jarek) Blacharski was awarded the JP McManus All Ire­land Schol­ar­ship after se­cur­ing 615 CAO points in the Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate ex­am­i­na­tions.

Jarek re­ceived his re­ward at the Univer­sity of Lim­er­ick and will be pro­vided with a bur­sary of €6,750 per an­num for the du­ra­tion of his un­der­grad­u­ate course.

He is cur­rently study­ing En­gi­neer­ing and Com­put­ers in Univer­sity Col­lege Dublin.

The cer­e­mony in Lim­er­ick was at­tended by JP McManus and Jan O’Sul­li­van, Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills, among many other dig­ni­taries.

The guest of hon­our was Martin O’Neill, the Repub­lic of Ire­land soc­cer man­ager, who de­liv­ered the key­note ad­dress to the au­di­ence.

‘It’s a real priv­i­lege to win an All Ire­land schol­ar­ship,’ said Jarek.

Also present at the awards cer­e­mony were Jarek’s fam­ily mem­bers and Shane Eivers, the Prin­ci­pal of Coláiste Chraobh Ab­hann.

Prin­ci­pal Eivers com­mented, ‘ the whole school com­mu­nity is re­ally proud of Jarek’s suc­cess. He is an in­spi­ra­tion to other stu­dents and clearly shows what you can achieve with a strong work ethic and a com­mit­ment to your stud­ies.’

Jarek lives in Kil­coole and orig­i­nally moved from Poland to Ire­land when he was aged 10.

He lives with his par­ents, Janusz and Anna, and has a young sis­ter named Ella.

He ob­tained five A1’s and one A2 in his Leav­ing Cert, leav­ing him with a highly im­pres­sive 615 points.

It has been a busy few weeks for Jarek as he was also ac­cepted as an ‘En­trance Scholar’ to UCD last month at another awards cer­e­mony held in the O’Reilly Hall, UCD.

Jaroslaw (Jarek) Blacharski.

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