Two students from Mayo were presented with Memorial scholarship awards by DCU at a ceremony.
The event saw 23 students receive awards named in honour of 15 individuals who have played a key role in the life of Dublin City University and in Irish society.
April Lavelle from Ballina, a former student of Coláiste Bhreandáin Naofa, and currently a first year Nursing student at Dublin City University, was presented with the Frank Durkan Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was created in 2008 to remember Mayo native Frank Durkan who sadly passed away in 2006. Frank moved from Mayo to New York to attend Columbia University and New York University Law School. In his later work as an attorney, writer and political activist, Frank was known as a fierce and clever defender of the underprivileged and a tireless advocate for Ireland and Irish Americans involved in Northern Ireland.
Rebecca Mc Manamon from Ballycroy, a former student of Our Lady’s Secondary School Belmullet, and currently a second year Bachelor of Education student at Dublin City University, was presented with the Aidan McDonnell Memorial Scholarshp. This scholarship was established by telecommunications company Vilicom Ltd in honour of Aidan McDonnell from Ballina who passed away after a tragic accident in June 2006. A DCU Electronic Engineering graduate and former Vilicom employee, Aidan was a talented engineer and an enthusiastic Gaelic footballer. This scholarship provides for an annual scholarship for a student from Mayo.
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. 20 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.