Offaly student awarded 20,000 Scholarship by Naughton Foundation

Thursday, 28 September 2017

SINCE its establishment in 2008 Naughton Foundation Scholarships worth over €4 million have been presented to 175 remarkable young people in the fields of science, engineering and technology in publicly funded third level institutions in Ireland, north and south.
On Saturday last, 36 new Scholars joined this illustrious and celebrated list as the Naughton Foundation honoured a further 36 exceptional Irish students by awarding them third level scholarships towards their studies in the areas of engineering, science and technology. 
County Offaly Student, Callum Dempsey from Banagher College, Colaiste na Sionna, was awarded the scholarship and has accepted a place at Trinity College Dublin studying Theoretical Physics. Supporting academic and innovative excellence in Irish students, this Scholarship Award is an investment in the future of Ireland's reputation as a country with outstanding graduates. In 2008 the scheme started in three counties and has continued to expand annually to become the nationwide programme it is today. The ceremony took place in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin.
Speaking about the growth of the foundation over the past ten years, the Naughtons commented: "Ten years ago we envisaged a small scholarship programme to help support local students studying the STEM subjects. We never imagined this group of over 200 students and alumni nationwide who are connected across the universities and STEM disciplines and we couldn't be more proud of the unique community they are developing" - Mrs Carmel Naughton.
 "Our reason for starting this programme was to help young students in what were then seen as difficult and unattractive subject areas. When we meet these young researchers, engineers and mathematicians I am very happy knowing that we have invested in Ireland's wealth creators of the future." - Mr Martin Naughton
 There is one guaranteed Scholarship (€20,000) for each participating county, with the exception of Cork, Galway where there are two scholarships awarded and Dublin where there are four scholarships awarded. Five additional Scholarships are also to be awarded. Each Scholarship is worth €5,000 per annum for each year of a student's three or four year undergraduate degree.
Callum's former secondary school, Banagher College, Colaiste na Sionna was also presented with a prize of €1,000 towards their school's science facilities, for their support of these students. More than 140 schools have benefited from this prize to date with some schools receiving it on more than one occasion.
This year sees the Naughton Foundation also invest further in 'Science in a Box' - STEM classes for Primary Schools. Steam Education Limited was set up in Cork in 2014 and devised 'Science in a Box' in an effort to teach a fun and engaging science programme to children in primary school with new innovative materials. Outreach teams comprising PhD students from Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork are involved in the delivery of the programme. The programme runs for sixth class pupils for 25 weeks of the primary school year with PhD students spending one hour each week co-teaching with the class teacher, a specific aspect of the science curriculum. For 2017-18, The Naughton Foundation is delighted to continue its support of this programme for 25 sixth classes in the Dublin, Meath and Louth region.  'Science in a Box' was also presented with a cheque on the evening.


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