Our Lady’s student scoops scholarship

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Thursday, November 28th, 2013
Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry recently presented certificates to Northern Ireland recipients of the JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship Scheme at a ceremony in Limerick including Laura Monaghan from Banbridge, a former pupil of Our Lady’s Grammar School in Newry.

JP McManus, Dr Stephen Farry, Employment and Learning Minister, scholarship student Laura Monaghan from Banbridge and Geraldine Pettigrew, Principal, Our Lady’s Grammar School, Newry

Laura is now studying for a degree in Law at Cambridge University. The scheme, funded by JP McManus, provides financial assistance worth £5,500 per annum to students across Ireland from low-income households who are intending to take up higher education places. Speaking from the University of Limerick Concert Hall, Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry said, “I commend JP McManus for his continued generosity in providing these scholarships. “The vision and practical support of people from the world of business shows that philanthropy can make a real difference to the lives of students looking to gain all the benefits from higher education. “My Departments Widening Participation Strategy, Access to Success, demonstrates a commitment to ensuring that those who are most able but least likely to participate in higher education should be given every support to achieve the necessary qualifications to apply to, and to benefit from, the higher education that is right for them. “This Scholarship aligns with this commitment to widening participation by ensuring that all young people, irrespective of their background, have the opportunity to access higher education. “I want to congratulate all of the recipients on their hard work and wish them every success in the future in their chosen studies and careers,” he added. The All Ireland scholarships provide financial assistance for up to 25 students per year in Northern Ireland, for studies at undergraduate level.
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