With Dr Patricia Mulcahy, President of Institute of Technology Carlow and David Denieffe, Vice-President for Academic Affairs are: Mark O’Neill; Sadhbh Dempsey, from Graignamanagh; and Vincent Brophy.
More than 120 talented young students were last week awarded sports and academic scholarships by Institute of Technology Carlow.
Irish athletes Marcus Lawler, Molly Scott and John Fitzsimons, Republic of Ireland women’s soccer internationals Amanda McQuillan and Roma McLaughlin, Waterford senior hurler Colin Dunford, and US basketball stars James Gordon and Maeve Parahus were among those recognised as elite sports scholars for their huge contribution to sport.
Now in its 19th year, the Institute’s sports scholarship programme offers a support package and/or bursaries to students of exceptional sporting ability. Sports scholars receive financial and academic support, mentoring, injury rehabilitation, strength and conditioning support, high performance coaching and access to Institute of Technology Carlow’s renowned sports facilities.
The number of scholarships offered to students has more than doubled since the programme was introduced in 1999, reflecting Institute of Technology Carlow’s renown as one of the leading third-level sporting institutions in Ireland with a growing academic portfolio of sports programmes.
The current sports scholarship programme coincides with the development of a new 30-acre multi-million Sports South Campus at the Institute.
“My congratulations to all recipients of our sports scholarships," said Dr Patricia Mulcahy.
"Yesterday, our Institute launched its new Graduate Attributes initiatives. These attributes empower our students to define and develop that which sets them apart. They build from all aspects of student life, including involvement in sport, clubs and societies. You possess in abundance the abilities that underpin our Graduate Attributes. Your talent, application, dedication and persistence, along with self-evident leadership abilities, will stand to you, not just in your chosen sporting field, but also in your careers and lives outside of sport”.
“Your sporting successes continue to enhance the profile of our Institute. They reinforce our determination to continue to provide and further develop world-class sporting facilities. The next significant multimillion investment will see us breaking ground on our new 30-acre South Sports Campus in Spring of 2018."
At a separate ceremony at the new Haughton Building, 32 students will be awarded academic scholarships. Now in its 14th year, the Institute’s academic scholarship initiative awards one academic scholarship per course to the student who achieves the highest points in the Leaving Certificate.