Clinton Presents McManus Scholarships to 4 MIC Students!
At a ‘media black-out’ ceremony for 600 invited guests, former US President, Bill Clinton, presented 125 exceptional students with All-Ireland Scholarship Awards, sponsored by JP McManus, worth €6750 for each year of their studies. Among the recipients were four students of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
Three Bachelor of Education students, Jessica Dolan from Grenagh, Co. Cork, Michelle O’Donnell from Carrowmore, Co. Roscommon and Grace Cullen from St Mullins, Co. Carlow, are now among the 749 scholars throughout the 32 counties who have received JP McManus sponsored third-level bursaries since the inaugural awards ceremony in 2008. Grace, who attended Borris Vocational School in Co. Carlow, summed up the feelings of her fellow BEd scholarship winners by saying, “It’s just unbelievable. I can’t even describe the feeling – I really wasn’t expecting it to happen.”
The fourth MIC recipient, Éadaoin O’Donovan, from Fermoy, Co. Cork, is studying for a BEd in Education & Psychology. Éadaoin O’Donovan’s twin sister, Niamh, also received a scholarship. Both sisters achieved over 600 points in their Leaving Certificates. Éadaoin, who has a keen interest in sport and has an All-Ireland medal in athletics, commented, “We feel privileged, and it takes a lot of stress off our parents, especially for the next three years of college and the opportunities it will bring will be great.”
The 42nd US President congratulated the award winners, recalling that he himself had received three scholarships, which had enabled him to study at Oxford and Yale Universities. He advised them to look at education as a set of opportunities and said that while the recession will end, their education will endure. “Nobody ever got anywhere by expecting tomorrow to be like yesterday,” he said.
Other VIPs in attendance included Martin McAleese, Dermot Desmond, Paul O’Connell, Keith Wood and Finance Minister, Michael Noonan, TD.
Commending the award-winners on their achievement, JP McManus said, “Access to third-level education should enhance and develop individual abilities. It is our fervent hope that the young people here today will embrace the opportunity now presented, achieve fulfilment and success in life but also become a resource for the betterment of our nation’s future.”
President of the College, Prof. Michael A Hayes, welcomed the students (who had been on school placement yesterday) back on campus this morning, saying, “On behalf of the Mary Immaculate College community, I congratulate each of you on your wonderful achievement and look forward to the contribution that each of you will make to the life story of this institution. We are very proud to have you here and very grateful to JP McManus for his continued commitment to supporting young people such as yourselves in pursuing and achieving your educational goals.”
Congratulating the winners, Vice-President Academic Affairs at MIC, Prof. Eugene Wall, noted that “the Scholarship scheme is an excellent way of recognising and supporting talented and highly able students from throughout the island of Ireland”.
Former US President Bill Clinton with JP McManus All-Ireland Scholarship Award Recipients, twins Niamh (left) and Éadaoin O’Donovan, former pupils of Loreto Secondary School, Fermoy. Éadaoin is currently studying for a BEd in Education & Psychology at MIC.
Prof. Michael Hayes, Éadaoin O’Donovan, Jessica Dolan, Grace Cullen, Michelle O’Donnell and Prof. Eugene Wall