JP McManus Scholarship for St. Mary’s Student

The annual All-Ireland Scholarship awards ceremony took place at the University of Limerick on Saturday 17th November. Former US President Bill Clinton was the guest of honour. One hundred and twenty five highly talented students from the north and south of Ireland were presented on stage with a third-level scholarship certificate from President Bill Clinton.

Alexandra McDermott from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow was awarded a scholarship to study Pharmacy in TCD. Since Alexandra has taken a year out to work in Melbourne her award has been deferred until September 2013. St Mary’s Principal, Sr. Bríd Biggane, accepted the Award from President Bill Clinton and JP McManus on her behalf.

Sponsored by JP McManus, the educational bursary provides financial assistance to many high achieving students who completed their Leaving Certificate/A Level examinations in 2012.

The scholarships, which were established in 2008, have been set at €6,750 per annum in Ireland and £5,500 per annum in Northern Ireland and will continue for the duration of the undergraduate programmes chosen by the scholarship winners.

JP McManus has contributed a total of €32 million in support of third level education initiatives in recognition of the 32 counties of Ireland and it is estimated that over 1,300 students from 32 counties will benefit from the scheme over its duration. The scheme is managed by the board of Trustees and is administered by the Department of Education & Skills, the Department for Employment & Learning with support from the Department of Education, Northern Ireland.