Eight students from North Dublin were presented with Memorial scholarship awards by DCU at a ceremony earlier this month, where 23 students received awards named in honour of 15 individuals who have played a key role in the life of Dublin City University and in Irish society.
Amongst those honoured was former Taoiseach Charles Haughey. The Charles Haughey Memorial Scholarships were created in 2009 to commemorate the life and career of the former Taoiseach and support two students from Dublin’s Northside to study at DCU each year.
This year’s recipients included two former Cabra students of St Declan’s College:
- Dean Ennis, a former headboy of St Declan’s and currently a second year International Business with French student at DCU.
- Darragh Farrelly, currently a second year Politics and Law student at DCU.
Other North Dublin students presented with awards included:
- Victoria Babela from Beaumont, currently a first year Biotechnology student at DCU, who was presented with the Maureen O’Farrell Biotechnology Memorial Scholarship.
- Sarah Moore from Swords, currently a second year Religious Education and Music student at DCU, was presented with the Stephen Moran Memorial Music Scholarship.
- Adam Morgan from Clontarf, a former student of St Paul’s College, Raheny and currently a first year Aviation Management student at DCU, was presented with the TJ O’Driscoll Memorial Scholarship.
- Fidan Alsafadi from Finglas, a former student of Our Lady of Mercy Beaumont, and currently a first year Business Studies student at DCU was presented with the Paddy J Wright Memorial Scholarship.
- Alex Nic Diac from Finglas, a former student of St Vincent’s CBS and currently a first year Engineering student at DCU was presented with the Paddy J Wright Memorial Scholarship.
- Katie Ann Boyle from Coolock, a former student of Our Lady of Mercy Beaumont, and currently a first year Health and Society student at DCU was presented with the Paddy J Wright Memorial Scholarship.
Speaking at the event, Joe Quinsey, CEO of DCU Educational Trust stated:
“This is always a special event in the university calendar, which combines remembrance of our past students, staff and friends with a celebration of life and the promise of our students. We are sincerely grateful to the families and donors who support these life-changing scholarships that enable DCU students to fulfil their potential and go forward to make their own mark on society in the future.”
The 23 scholarship recipients were selected based on their talent and dedication but also according to specific criteria set by scholarship donors.
Twenty scholarships were presented to undergraduate students supported by DCU’s Access Programme which makes third level education accessible to students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and provides financial, academic and personal supports to help students succeed in their studies. A further three scholarships were awarded to support students engaged in postgraduate research or study in fields as diverse as Biotechnology, Marketing and Journalism and Music.
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