Hannah McEllin, Davitt College, Castlebar, was honoured recently when she received a 2013 All Ireland Third Level Scholarship for her high achievement in her Leaving Certificate Examination. The awards ceremony took place at University of Limerick, where Michael Noonan, T.D., Minister for Finance was present together with Mr. J.P. McManus, sponsor of the scholarships. Guest of Honour was Mr. Michael O’Leary, C.E.O. of Ryanair.
A total of 125 students from Ireland north and south were presented with the scholarships. The scheme, now in its sixth year, provides financial assistance to high achieving students who completed their Leaving Certificate or A Levels in 2013. J.P. McManus has contributed €32 million to fund the provision of these scholarships each year and it is estimated that over 1,300 students from the 32 counties will benefit from the scheme over its duration. The awards are administered by the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Education in Northern Ireland.