Bill Clinton presents awards to four Kilkenny students

Four Kilkenny students were awarded an All-Ireland Scholarship toward their third level education last month.

Four Kilkenny students were awarded an All-Ireland Scholarship toward their third level education last month.

The awards ceremony took place at University of Limerick where former US President Bill Clinton and sponsor JP McManus presented the awards. A total of 125 students from both the north and south of Ireland were presented with a third level scholarship certificate.

This is the fifth year for the scholarships. Sponsored by JP McManus, the scheme is set to provide financial assistance to many high achieving students who completed their Leaving Certificate or A Levels in 2012.

The winning students were Luke Kelly, Castlecomer Community School; Kyryll Chulak, CBS Kilkenny; Rebecca Lucey, Presentation Secondary School; Miodrag Ignjatovic, St Kieran’s College.

“I would like to say to the students, today’s current economic crisis will pass and your education will endure, and it is very important that just as in making of peace, the Irish threw off the heavy hand of history to grasp for a brighter future, we throw off the burden of the current economic crisis to imagine a different future,” Mr Clinton told the students.

“What an education is, is a range of possibilities. It is a gift of personal freedom. It is a chance to make the most of, in spite of all the troubles at the moment.”

JP McManus has contributed €32 million to fund the provision of these scholarships each year and it is estimated that over 1,300 students from the 32 counties will benefit from the scheme over its duration. The awards are administered by the Department of Education and Skills, and the Department of Education in Northern Ireland.