A NEW scholarship programme created through a partnership between the Limerick Institute of Technology and the IPB Insurance group will provide financial support to five students at the Moylish campus each year.
Earlier this year, students from St Nessan’s Community College were invited to apply for support from the LIT/IPB Access Scholarship Fund because of the college’s proximity to the third-level institution and its designation as a DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) school.
Presenting scholarships to the five inaugural recipients,LIT President Dr Maria Hinfelaar said they were very proud to be the first third-level institution outside Dublin to offer these scholarships.
“They will make a huge difference to the recipients. They are highly motivated students who have already made an excellent start to the academic year, and this award will create the ideal conditions for them to progress. They have every reason to be confident and proud,” said Dr Hinfelaar.
St Nessan’s College Principal Eugene O’Brien praised both LIT and IPB Insurance for establishing the programme which, he said would have a positive ripple effect for generations in the school cachment area.
The scholarships serve to increase the successful participation rates at LIT among students who have the ability to succeed academically, but lack the economic or the necessary social support and encouragement.
In addition to the financial support a multifaceted individual support programme including professional coaching, and mentoring will be tailored for each awardee to support their learning both personally and academically in the pursuit of their chosen careers.