Dundalk Institute of Technology has become the latest college to offer scholarships for talented young sportspeople who wish to study there.
The Institute has teamed up with Dundalk FC to launch of a Soccer Scholarship Academy which will provide 3rd level scholarships to students of DkIT who will also be attached to Dundalk Football Club.
The scheme is aimed at CAO candidates who wish to pursue a third level education alongside a professional soccer playing career at the highest level in Ireland.
DkIT will offer four soccer scholarships each year to both Leaving Certificate and mature students. The successful candidates' performance on the playing field and in the classroom will be assessed annually for the course of their studies. They will also act as student ambassadors on college open days and in school recruitment initiatives as well as playing on the college teams.
The scheme is timely given the purchase of the DkIT Sport facility, due to open in September, where players can avail of the gym and facilities allowing them to continue with strength and conditioning training on campus.
The partnership will be further endorsed when the DKIT logo is added to the back of both the 'Home' and 'Away' Dundalk First Team Players shirts this season.
Speaking at the launch at FAI Headquarters on Monday DkIT President, Denis Cummins said that he is delighted the college is in a position to create opportunities for footballers to pursue their careers whilst fulfilling their academic potential.
Dundalk FC Club Chairman Ciaran Bond expressed his support for the initiative saying that the scheme is in keeping with DkIT and Dundalk FC's shared philosophy of contributing to the betterment of the economic and social life of the North-East region.