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Paul O’Connell Unveils €1 million LIT Scholarship Plan for Students in DEIS Schools

Paul O’Connell Unveils €1 million LIT Scholarship Plan for Students in DEIS Schools. Students in DEIS Schools are set to benefit from a new LIT plan to grow its scholarship programme to a value of €1 million over the next three years, launched today in Thomond Park by Paul O’Connell. The Leaders@LIT Student Scholarship Programme, an initiative of the LIT Foundation, is currently supported to the value of €500,000 and sustains 38 students in their studies at LIT. LIT-POC-Scholars.jpg

Speaking at the launch of the new scholarship plan at Thomond Park, President of LIT, Dr. Maria Hinfelaar said,

“What we want to do is simply allow people who would otherwise experience significant financial barriers, to fully concentrate on their studies in higher education. This is a really important part of LIT’s ethos. The reason that we are now moving to increase the value of our sponsorship programme to €1 million is that we want to make more scholarships available, following the highly successful rollout of our initial scholarships where we partnered with our local school, St Nessan’s [the newly named Thomond Community College]. Apart from the financial supports, students also have the benefit of mentoring. The results so far speak for themselves: every single recipient has passed their exams and progressed to the next year of study at LIT.

“One of the innovative aspects of the programme is that it matches individual and corporate donors with the students they support. Today, students from seven schools - Salesian’s College, Crescent College, Colaiste Nano Nagle on Sexton Street, St Nessan’s, Desmond College in Newcastle West, Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmalock and Colaiste Chiaráin in Croom - are all studying in LIT thanks to our scholarship programme. This is down to the donors who fund the programme.

Speaking at the launch shortly after announcing his retirement from professional rugby, Paul O’Connell, former captain of Munster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions and representing PINERGY, a key sponsor of the scholarships said,

“Education is an incredibly valuable thing in life. Programmes like LIT’s have such an important role in allowing people to reach their potential, and I am delighted that such an imaginative and forward-looking initiative is being taken here in Limerick. I have supported this scholarship programme since the beginning, and look forward to doing so as it grows in the future.

Eugene O’Brien, Principal of St. Nessans School said,

“This programme allows students’ aspirations to become realities. It puts Higher Education within the reach of students whose pathway is blocked by financial circumstances rather than their ability or ambition. We welcome the plan to expand the programme, and see this as a way to open Higher Education to more people.

Conor Gilligan of Roadbridge said,

“We have found the LIT Foundation’s approach to be very innovative, bringing benefits to the donors as well as to the students involved. We are very pleased to be associated with the growth of this programme into one of the largest of its kind in the country. Our participation helps demonstrate our commitment to making a difference in Limerick and in Ireland.


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