A young university student from New Inn has been awarded a scholarship for academic excellence by his new third level college, Dublin City University.
Eoin O’Brien, from Outhrath, New Inn, is a ‘fresher’ at DCU where he is now studying computer applications. This time last year he was a Leaving Cert student at Cashel Community School, and it was based on his outstanding exam results that Eoin was chosen for the award.
Three Tipperary students have been presented with a €1,000 Academic Scholarship to study at DCU. The scholarships were awarded in recognition of them achieving more than 500 points in the Leaving Certificate:
Eoin O’Brien achieved 540 points in his Leaving Cert and says his best subject was geography.
Eoin’s former classmates, teachers and especially his family are very proud of his achievement.
From Outrath, between New Inn and Cahir, Eoin’s dad Pat is well known as the owner of O’Brien’s Spar shop. He has two older sisters, Amy and Deirdre, brother Paddy (studying in UCC), little brother Conor who is in New Inn National School, and his twin brother Mark, who also did his Leaving Cert at Cashel Community School last summer and is now studying Ag Science in UCD.
Eoin told The Nationalist that he loves university. His course is challenging but he is enjoying the work.
Being awarded the scholarship came as a great surprise to him, as it wasn’t one he had to apply for, the college make hte awards based on all students’ Leaving Cert results, supplied to them by the CAO.
Two other Tipperary students were honoured by DCU with academic excellence awards - Shannon Fluck and Rachel Sheary are both from Nenagh, and are both former student at St Mary’s Secondary School.
Almost €100 000 worth of scholarships were presented to fresher students at DCU. Awardees were joined at a special presentation ceremony at the Helix by their parents and former school principals.
Each student received a commemorative certificate and the school principals were presented with a plaque to display in the school marking the significant achievement of their past pupil.
The DCU Academic Scholarship Awards were presented to 92 students from throughout Ireland on achieving more than 500 CAO points at Leaving Certificate or equivalent. A scholarship of €1000 is awarded to students who gain the required number of points, meet the specific entry requirements and register to study with any of DCU’s four faculties.
The points requirement for students who wish to study a course in the following faculties is - Faculty of Engineering and Computing: Students gaining 500+ CAO points will be awarded €1000; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Students gaining 550+ CAO points will be awarded €1000; Faculty of Science and Health: Students gaining 550+ CAO points will be awarded €1000; Dublin City University Business School: Students gaining 550+ CAO points will be awarded €1000. Find out about studying at DCU or the DCU Academic Scholarships on www4.dcu.ie/prospective/scholarships.shtml.