IT Carlow to award sports and academic scholarships
Para-Olympian soccer player Tomiwa Badun, Cork senior footballer Michael Hurler, world silver relay medalist Molly Scott, record-breaking sprinter Marcus Lawler, 800m European Junior Bronze medalist John Fitzsimons, and Irish women’s soccer international Amanda McQuillan were amongst the 135 students who were awarded sports and academic scholarships by Institute of Technology Carlow on December 12.
The first ceremony of the day was for the students who were awarded academic scholarships.
Now in its 15th year, the Institute’s academic scholarship initiative awards an academic scholarship to those students who have attained the highest entry points for their chosen programme of study at Institute of Technology Carlow in 2018/19.
Academic scholars from nine counties were joined by their parents and a school representative for the ceremony at which Michelle Abbey, Head of HR Glanbia Business Services (GBS) delivered the keynote address.
In a separate evening ceremony, students were awarded elite and gold sports scholarships for the 2018/2019 academic year as a result of their exceptional sporting ability and who are competing at the highest level in their chosen sport.
The occasion saw two awardees of the first Carlow GAA scholarships in both hurling and football and the first scholarship by Carlow Camogie and Carlow Ladies Football Association to aid athletes in either sport.
The three scholarships provide financial support, as well as mentoring, nutrition and sports rehab support and access to the Institute’s first-class sports facilities.
Kilkenny Senior Hurling Manager Brian Cody, who is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest sporting managers, delivered the keynote address.
Now in its 20th year, the Institute’s sports scholarship programme provides 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 position as one of Ireland’s leading third-level institutes for the provision of sport and physical activity.
The celebration of sports scholars comes a few short months after Minister for Communications Richard Bruton, TD turned the sod on the Institute’s new €15million, 31-acre South Sports Campus.
The world-class training facility will deliver six full-size playing pitches, comprising one all-weather artificial GAA pitch, one grass GAA pitch, two grass soccer pitches and two grass rugby pitches.
Works will also include LED floodlighting and a 1.6km looped walking trail. Phase two, to commence next summer, will encompass a 400m athletics track and a pavilion building, to include changing rooms, meeting rooms and ancillary spaces.
Congratulating the sports and academic scholars on their achievements, Dr. Patricia Mulcahy, President of Institute of Technology Carlow said: “Our Institute is committed to rewarding members of our student body for their academic, service and leadership excellence.
"We do this in many ways throughout the year, from the Academic Scholarship Awards, to the Presidents Fellowships Awards for Postgraduate Researchers, from the Elite and Gold Sports Scholarships awards to the Presidents Volunteer Awards."
"All of these scholarships and awards are granted to high achievers who exemplify our core values of commitment to knowledge and the achievement of excellence; to the principles and practice of connectedness; to creativity and innovation; and to ensuring high standards of integrity and ethical behaviour.
"We applaud you for your talent, application, dedication, persistence and leadership that continue to be an inspiration for our Institute community and for all citizens from all walks of life across our region and country."