Tallaght school set to benefit from generous bursary

by Padraig Conlon

A Tallaght school is set to benefit from a generous offer made by a local business.

This is after PM Group, an international project management company, this week announced a bursary for Old Bawn Community School pupils.

The school, which is located near the company’s Dublin office in Tallaght, will receive a €50,000 bursary which will be open to sixth year and transition year (TY) pupils over a four-year period.

PM Group manages construction and engineering projects for the global pharmaceutical, technology and manufacturing industries.

The company has operations in this country, Britain, Europe, the US and Asia.

The bursary will support students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and encourage them to pursue third level education.

The collaboration will include the provision of laptops for a selected group of leaving certificate students who move forward to STEM related courses in third level education.

Mentoring will also be provided for each student pursuing STEM related courses.

As part of the collaboration, PM Group will also provide spaces on its TY Programme and internships for students looking to pursue engineering courses at third level.

Welcoming the bursary announcement, Ursula McCabe, principal of Old Bawn Community School said: “We are very pleased to partner with PM Group in supporting our sixth year and TY students as they pursue third level education.

“I’m particularly delighted that PM Group has committed to providing mentoring and internship opportunities for our students over the next four years.

“This will be critically important for them as they transition from the school environment to third level education.

“This will help our students greatly and promote the STEM subjects in our school.”

Speaking at the announcement of the bursary, Eileen Lee, operations manager, PM Group in Dublin, said: “We are delighted to partner with Old Bawn Community School, which is located in the heart of our local community in Tallaght.

“Technology and innovation are key drivers for our business and we are passionate about supporting and mentoring young talent, particularly in the STEM disciplines.

“As we extend our CR (Corporate Responsibility) Programme, it is fitting that we focus on our local community and, in particular, supporting the efforts of local students to pursue third level education.”

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