COLLEGE scholarships worth tens of thousands of euro were presented over the weekend at the annual JP McManus Scholarship Awards.
The scholarships, which are presented to the eight highest performing leaving cert students at CBS Sexton Street, were first established 1997.
Since the scholarship scheme was first established more than €2million has been spent assisting more than 120 pupils during their third-level studies.
Michael Noonan, who attended the awards ceremony at the Dunraven Arms Hotel praised JP McManus for his foresight in establishing the scholarships.
“Education is extraordinarily important. If you are trying to get people to move forward and to get more enhancing lifestyles and not only be more successful in life but to contribute to their country and community and be self-fulfilled education is obviously the key,” he said.
All eight of this year’s recipients are attending third level institutions in Limerick and the importance of the scheme was confirmed by the attendance of the presidents of the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and LIT at the awards ceremony.
One of the recipients, Nepalese national Jhabi Lal Kharel, says the scheme inspired him when he first started school: “I saw the brochure and I realised there was an opportunity and it motivated me to study and work harder and get a better leaving cert.”
Stephen Riordan from Kennedy Park said: “I would have been able to go college [without a scholarship] but it is good to have the means and the money and take the pressure off my parents. There are a lot of costs such as the increase in fees books, travel and you don’t really realise how much money you spend.”