Local pupil among recipients of JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Local pupil among recipients of JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship. thumbnail Jack Kennedy receiving his scholarship from JP McManus at the All Ireland JP McManus Scholarship Awards. Also pictured is Strabane Academy principal, David Hampton.

A FORMER pupil from Strabane Academy was one of just two from Tyrone to have been awarded a presitigious scholarship.

Jack Kennedy was awarded a JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship toward his third level education.

Also receiving the scholarship was Christian Brothers' Grammar School, Omagh, former pupil, Pauric Mullan.

A spokesperson for school said Jack is the first pupil of Strabane Academy to receive such a scholarship.

"We are exceedingly proud of Jack as he is our very first student to have been awarded one of the prestigious JP McManus All Ireland Scholarships," she said.

The spokesperson continued "The All Ireland Scholarships Programme has been in operation for nearly ten years and provides 125 third level education scholarships per annum throughout Ireland. A minimum of two scholarships is awarded in each county each year.

"The scheme was established in 2008 with a very generous donation of 30million euro from JP McManus to support many gifted young students across the whole island of Ireland, giving them extra financial support to enable them to participate in all aspects of college life during their third level education.

"The scholarships are awarded on the basis of the results of a candidate's first attempt at the final secondary education examinations.

"Very well done Jack and let's hope that our current students will go on to emulate his perfor mance."

The awards ceremony took place at the University of Limerick where Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell-O'Connor, TD., presented the awards. Special guest at this year's ceremony was Irish President, Michael D. Higgins.

The awards are administered by the Department of Education & Skills and Department of Education in Northern Ireland.


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