UL scholarships 2016 worth more than €300,000 given to 95 students.
Darren Dunne, Triathlete, Nenagh, County Tipperary was one of twenty-nine outstanding sportspeople received UL Sports scholarships.
Students from across Ireland were presented with awards totalling more than €300,000 at the 2016 UL Scholarships 2016 Awards ceremony held on Monday November 28.
This year, 95 UL Scholarships were presented, including the inaugural UL Sports Scholarships.
Forty students were awarded UL40 Scholarships, introduced in 2012 to mark UL’s 40th anniversary and valued at €2,000 each. A further 10 students received the UL40 Mature Scholarships. Five Women in Engineering bursaries, each of €500, were presented to female students enrolled on Bachelor of Engineering programmes.
Twenty-nine outstanding sportspeople received UL Sports scholarships. Recipients included 2016 Olympian Michelle Finn, 2012 Olympian Jessie Barr, Tipperary hurling stars John McGrath and Jason Forde, and Limerick FC soccer player Garbhan Coughlan. Two students were awarded Michael Hillary and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarships and three were awarded Plassey Campus Company/Swim Ireland Bursaries.
Gavin O’Brien from Crusheen in County Clare and studying for a Bachelor of Engineering in Design and Manufacture was awarded the Microsemi Scholarship. This scholarship was established in the academic year 2012/13 by Ennis-based semiconductor developer, Microsemi Ireland.
Stryker Orthopaedics has a long association with the University of Limerick and has been awarding an entrance scholarship to a first-year student each year since 1975. Students registered for Bachelor’s Degree programmes at University of Limerick are considered for the Stryker Scholarship, provided they have not been awarded other scholarships or bursaries. This year, Anna Healy from Portlaoise, County Laois, a student on the Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy degree programme, was presented with the award.
The Edith and Leslie Downer Scholarship, endowed by President Emeritus Roger Downer in memory of his mother and father, was presented to nursing student Kate Newe of Birdhill, County Tipperary.
Award winners in the annual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition were also presented with scholarships at Monday’s ceremony. This year’s recipients were Lisa Daly of Timahoe, County Laois, a student on the Bachelor of Engineering in Design and Manufacture programme along with Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering student Jason Hannan of Caherdavin, Limerick.
Professor Paul McCutcheon, Vice President Academic and Registrar, at UL presented the awards. Congratulating the 2016 UL Scholars, Professor McCutcheon said:
“In awarding these scholarships the University of Limerick recognises excellence in academic and sporting endeavour of its students and supports their achievements.”