Schol­ar­ships for Wick­low stu­dents

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MARY FOGARTY

TWO Co Wick­low stu­dents were awarded a Naughton Foun­da­tion schol­ar­ship worth €20,000 at a cer­e­mony held in Trin­ity Busi­ness School.

The award was pre­sented Ciara Fa­gan from Wick­low and Jack Lawlor from Bray by pa­trons of The Naughton Foun­da­tion, Dr Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel, who were joined by the Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, Pub­lic Ex­pen­di­ture and Re­form, Paschal Dono­hue.

Sup­port­ing aca­demic and in­no­va­tive ex­cel­lence, the schol­ar­ship is an in­vest­ment in the fu­ture of Ire­land’s rep­u­ta­tion as a coun­try with out­stand­ing grad­u­ates.

A for­mer stu­dent of Do­mini­can Col­lege Wick­low, Ciara has ac­cepted a place at Trin­ity Col­lege, study­ing Math­e­mat­ics.

Jack, a for­mer stu­dent from Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege, Bray will be at­tend­ing Trin­ity Col­lege and will be study­ing The­o­ret­i­cal Physics.

They join 36 stu­dents who were awarded third level schol­ar­ships to­wards their stud­ies in the ar­eas of en­gi­neer­ing, science and tech­nol­ogy.

Both Ciara’s and Jack’s for­mer sec­ondary schools were pre­sented with a prize of €1,000 on the day, which will go to­wards their school’s science fa­cil­i­ties. More than 200 schools have ben­e­fited from this prize to date with some schools re­ceiv­ing it on more than one oc­ca­sion.

Speak­ing about the growth of the pro­gramme over the past eleven years, Dr Martin Naughton said: ‘We started sup­port­ing stu­dents in their science and en­gi­neer­ing stud­ies in Louth, Meath and Mon­aghan in 2008 to give back to our lo­cal area. We never imag­ined what a won­der­ful com­mu­nity of con­nected young peo­ple the Naughton Schol­ar­ship pro­gram would be­come.

‘It is heart-warm­ing for us to read of their suc­cesses and how they are in turn giv­ing back to so­ci­ety,’ he said.

Each schol­ar­ship is worth €5,000 per an­num for each year of a stu­dent’s three or four year un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree.

Min­is­ter for Fi­nance Paschal Dono­hoe, schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent Ciara Fa­gan, Martin Naughton from the Naughton Foun­da­tion, schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent Jack Lawlor and Carmel Naughton from the Naughton Foun­da­tion at the 2019 Naughton Foun­da­tion Schol­ar­ship awards at Trin­ity Busi­ness School, Trin­ity Col­lege Dublin.

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