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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Wexford student receives €20,000 scholarship

Pictured at the Naughton Foundation Scholarship awards were,from left: Frances Threadgold (FCJ Bunclody Principal); Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD; Kate Eve Kirwan (scholarship recipient); Martin and Carmel Naughton. (Photo: Kieran Harnett).
Pictured at the Naughton Foundation Scholarship awards were,from left: Frances Threadgold (FCJ Bunclody Principal); Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD; Kate Eve Kirwan (scholarship recipient); Martin and Carmel Naughton. (Photo: Kieran Harnett).

Brendan Keane

A former student of FCJ Bunclody has been awarded a scholarship worth €20,000 in recognition of her academic excellence.

Kate Eve Kirwan, from Kildavin, was presented with a Naughton Foundation scholarship at a ceremony in Trinity Business School.

She received her award from Dr Martin Naughton and his wife, Carmel, in the presence of Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohue TD.

The scholarship awards are aimed at enhancing the reputation of Ireland as a country with outstanding graduates.

Kate has accepted a place at University College Dublin, where will study engineering.

She is one of 36 exceptional students who were awarded third level scholarships towards studies in the areas of engineering, science and technology,

In addition to her receiving her award her former school, FCJ Bunclody, was also presented with a prize of €1,000 which will go towards its science facilities.

That presentation was in recognition of the school's support of its students.

Speaking about the scholarship award scheme Dr Naughton said it has grown significantly over the last 11 years.

'We never imagined what a wonderful community of connected young people the Naughton Scholarship program would become,' he said.

'It is heart-warming for us to read of their successes and how they are in turn, giving back to society,' he added.

Since it was established in 2008 scholarships worth over €4m have been awarded to more than 200 students.

Each scholarship is worth €5,000 per annum for each year of a students three or four-year undergraduate degree.

The Naughton Foundation is also continuing its support in delivering ESB science blast fairs which are open to every primary school in the country.

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