Principal Chris Darby and Pauraic Neely from Saint Eunan’s College, with Dr Martin Naughton, an Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Carmel Naughton.
A former St Eunan’s College student, Pauraic Neely, has received a scholarship award worth €20,000.
Pauraic Neely, who will study Mathematics at Trinity College is one of 35 exceptional students to receive a Naughton Foundation Scholarship which were presented last weekend.
Pauraic’s former secondary school, Saint Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, was also presented with a prize of €1,000 towards their school’s science facilities, for their support of these students.
Since its establishment in 2008 Naughton Foundation Scholarships worth over €2million have been presented to 135 remarkable young people in the fields of science, engineering and technology in publicly funded third level institutions in Ireland, north and south.
On Saturday last, September 24th 2016, 35 new Scholars joined this illustrious and celebrated list as the Naughton Foundation honoured a further 35 exceptional Irish students by awarding them third level scholarships towards their studies in the areas of engineering, science and technology.
Pauraic Neely from Saint Eunan’s College Letterkenny was awarded the scholarship and has accepted a place at Trinity College Dublin studying Mathematics.
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. In 2008 the scheme started in 3 counties and has continued to expand annually. This year it is a nationwide program with the inclusion of Dublin and Cork for the first time. The ceremony took place in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin.
“We are absolutely delighted that our Scholarship program is now a nationwide program with its expansion to Dublin and Cork. Each year we are amazed to see the calibre of the fine young people who apply to us. It gives us great pleasure to support their STEM studies and we hope it will be of great benefit to them and Ireland in years to come.”
There is one guaranteed Scholarship (€20,000) for each participating county, with the exception of Cork and Dublin where there are two and four scholarships awarded respectively. 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.
More than 110 schools have benefited from this prize to date with some schools receiving it on more than one occasion.
This year sees the Naughton Foundation also invest further in ‘Science in a Box’ – STEM classes for Primary Schools. Steam Education Limited was set up in Cork in 2014 and devised ‘Science in a Box’ in an effort to teach a fun and engaging science program to children in primary school with new innovative materials. Outreach teams comprising PhD students from Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork are involved in the delivery of the program. The program runs for sixth class pupils for 25 weeks of the primary school year with PhD students spending one hour each week co-teaching with the class teacher, a specific aspect of the science curriculum. For 2016-17, The Naughton Foundation is delighted to continue its support of this program for 25 sixth classes in the Dublin, Meath and Louth region. ‘Science in a Box’ was also presented with a cheque on the evening.
Our picture shows: Principal Chris Darby and Pauraic Neely from Saint Eunan’s College, with Dr Martin Naughton, an Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Carmel Naughton at the 2016 Naughton Foundation Scholarship awards held at Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin. Photo Kieran Harnett