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Caillum Hedderman - Caillum Hedderman from Ballybricken, County Limerick, was awarded a prestigious Study of the Institutes (SUSI) Award for European student leaders Caillum Hedderman - Caillum Hedderman from Ballybricken, County Limerick, was awarded a prestigious Study of the Institutes (SUSI) Award for European student leaders

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Limerick student Caillum Hedderman wins prestigious US award

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Caillum Hedderman from Ballybricken, County Limerick, was awarded a prestigious Study of the Institutes (SUSI) Award for European student leaders.

Caillum advocates for young people and is calling on the government to change the legal voting age from 18 to 16

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue

Candidates travel to Michigan State University for a duration of five weeks to explore topics such as community building, citizenship, economic development, political leadership, grassroots activism, and volunteerism.
Candidates travel to Michigan State University for a duration of five weeks to explore topics such as community building, citizenship, economic development, political leadership, grassroots activism, and volunteerism.

Caillum Hedderman from Ballybricken, County Limerick, was awarded a prestigious Study of the US Institutes (SUSIs) Award for European student leaders at a ceremony at the Department of Foreign Affairs headquarters. 

Currently studying Political Science, International Relations and Sociology at University College Dublin, Caillum holds several high-level volunteer positions in relation to advocacy on topics such as climate action, sustainable development and youth rights.

In his short life, 19-year-old Caillum has progressed into national and international positions while being named one of ’10 Leaders who can Inspire you to Change the World’ by the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth. 

Caillum has been advocating for young people throughout his studies, calling upon the government to change the legal voting age from 18 to 16.

The 19-year-old is the only Irish recipient of the award, which brings outstanding leadership members to Michigan State University during the summer break to improve their understanding of the USA and develop leadership skills.

The studies consist of interactive classroom activities, lectures, discussions, leadership development studies, site visits, and workshops in a fully funded institute.

Candidates are chosen through a demonstration of strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities, indicating a serious interest in learning about the US and sustaining a high level of academic achievement through their studies.

They travel to Michigan State University for a duration of five weeks and will explore topics such as community building, citizenship, economic development, political leadership, grassroots activism, and volunteerism. 

“Congratulations to UCD student Caillum Hedderman (Politics & International Relations and Sociology), UCD Social Sciences, the only Irish recipient of a prestigious US Department of State award, Fulbright Ireland, for outstanding international student leaders to study at Michigan University,” UCD Social Sciences department commented on the achievement. 

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