Kilkenny student wins prestigious Naughton Scholarship

David is a past pupil of St Kieran's College


Principal of St Kieran’s College Adrian Finan, Carmel Naughton, County Kilkenny winning scholar David O’ Carroll, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton and Martin Naughton

Kilkenny student David O’Carroll has been awarded a Naughton Foundation scholarship worth €20,000 at a ceremony in Trinity College Biomedical Science Institute in Dublin.

At a recent awards night, the award was presented by founding patrons of The Naughton Foundation, Dr Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel who were joined by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton.

Supporting academic and innovative excellence in Irish students, this Scholarship Award is an investment in the future of Ireland’s reputation as a country with outstanding graduates. A former student of St Kieran’s College, David has accepted a place at University College Dublin studying Engineering, and he joins 36 exceptional Irish students who were awarded third level scholarships towards their studies in the areas of engineering, science and technology.

Since its establishment in 2008, scholarships worth over €4 million have been awarded to more than 200 students.

There is one guaranteed Scholarship (€20,000) for each participating county, with the exception of Cork and Galway where there are two scholarships awarded and four for Dublin. Five additional Scholarships are also to be awarded. Each Scholarship is worth €5,000 per annum for each year of a student’s three or four year undergraduate degree.

David’s former secondary school, St Kieran’s College was also presented with a prize of €1,000 on the day towards their school’s science facilities, for their support of these students. More than 160 schools have benefited from this prize to date with some schools receiving it on more than one occasion.

“Eleven years ago we envisaged a small scholarship programme to help support local students studying the STEM subjects,” said the Naughtons.

“We never imagined this group of over 200 students and alumni nationwide who are connected across the universities and STEM disciplines and we couldn’t be more proud of the unique community they are developing.”

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