Sixteen students receive New Entrant Sport Scholarships
LYIT was pleased to make presentations to 16 New Entrant Sport Scholars on Monday last (7 October).
Those awarded the scholarship, which is worth €1,000 to each successful applicant, were selected from the current academic group of new entrant students, in recognition of their performance and achievement in either GAA at Intercounty level or Soccer at League of Ireland level.
When the New Entrant Sports Scholarship Programme was first introduced in September 2015, just three awards were made. The continued growth of the programme has been accredited to the development of sport in the Institute in recent years, and also to the ever-increasing standards in both GAA and Soccer in the third level education sector, in particular in LYIT.
The New Entrant Sports Scholarship Programme is linked to the main Sports Scholarship Programme in the Institute. These scholarships are awarded in February each year.
The winning New Entrant Sports Scholarships students for this year are:
- Grainne O’Neill, Swinford, Co Mayo, a Mayo U20 player
- Julie Trearty, Carrigart, a Donegal senior player
- Aaron Gillooley, Ballybofey, a Donegal U20 player
- Liam Jackson, Ardee, Co Louth, a Louth minor player
- Mark McAteer, Letterkenny, a Donegal minor player
- Conor O’Donnell, Carndonagh, a Donegal U20 player
- Joseph Greene, Annagry, a Donegal minor Hurling panelist
- Thomas Hartnett, Dungloe, a Donegal minor Hurling panelist
- Gabriel Aduaka, Letterkenny, Finn Harps U19 player
- Joel Bradley Walsh, Ballybofey, Finn Harps U19 player
- Conor Doherty, Ballybofey, Derry City U19 player
- Kieran Farren, Carndonagh, Finn Harps U19 player
- Jordan Gallagher, Manorcunningham, Finn Harps U19 player
- Corey McBride, Clonmany, Finn Harps U19 player
- Fionn McClure, Carndonagh, Derry City U19 player
- Lee McLaughlin, Carndonagh, Finn Harps U19 player.
In presenting the awards, Billy Bennett, VP for Academic Affairs and Registrar, congratulated the recipients and complimented the GAA and Soccer club members in LYIT on having maintained and enhanced the sporting standards over the years. Mr Bennett commented that the development and commitment each year provides the basis for the expanding sports programme. He also urged these students to be aware of their academic commitments and to establish a balance between their sports and studies in the year ahead.