Two Dublin secondary school students awarded €20,000 scholarshipsGary Ibbotson 27 Oct 2022
Dublin students Kate Burke and Brian Kelleher were awarded Naughton Foundation Scholarships worth €20,000 each at a ceremony in the Trinity Business School earlier this month.
The award was presented by founding patrons of the Naughton Foundation, Dr. Martin Naughton, and his wife Carmel, who were joined by TD Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education.
Supporting academic and innovative excellence in Irish students, the Naughton Foundation Scholarship Awards are an investment in the future of Ireland’s reputation as a country with “outstanding graduates promoting the study of engineering, science, and technology at third level.”
One of the awardees, Kate Burke, a former student of Holy Faith Secondary School has accepted a place at Trinity College Dublin studying Computer Science while Brian Kelleher, formerly of Belvedere College has accepted a place studying Economics and Mathematics at Trinity.
Since its establishment in 2008, scholarships worth over €6 million have been awarded by the Naughton Foundation to over 350 students.
The scheme started in three counties and has continued to expand annually, becoming a nationwide scheme in 2016.
There is one guaranteed scholarship of €20,000 for each participating county, with some counties awarded more than one scholarship.
Each scholarship is worth €5,000 per annum for each year of a student’s three- or four-year undergraduate degree.
“Kate and Brian both join 37 exceptional Irish students who were awarded third level scholarships towards their studies in the areas of engineering, science, technology, and maths,” the foundation says.
“Both prize winner’s former secondary schools Holy Faith Secondary and Belvedere College were awarded a prize of €1000 each towards their school’s science facilities, for their support of these students.
“More than 250 schools have also benefited from this prize to date with some schools receiving it on more than one occasion.”
Speaking about the growth and development of the programme over the past fourteen years, Dr. Martin Naughton has said: “We started supporting students in their science and engineering studies in Louth, Meath, and Monaghan in 2008 to give back to our local area.
“We never imagined what a wonderful community of connected young people the Naughton Scholarship programme would become.
“Our alumni are an incredible group working in the best universities, research institutes and businesses across the world.
“Each year we hear back from them on the value of this network to them and the connections it has given them across disciplines and Ireland.
“They are a wonderful group of young people that are all giving back to society in their own way that we are very proud to be connected with.”