Paul O'Connell launches LIT scholarship plan

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

Paul O'Connell launches LIT scholarship plan

Leah O'Brien, LIT/Dromoland Castle Scholarship and Naomi Mitchell Kelly, LIT/Thomond Park Scholarship with Paul O'Connell

STUDENTS from economically disadvantaged areas are to benefit from a new plan at Limerick Institute of Technology to grow its scholarship programme to a value of €1 million over the next three years.

The Leaders@LIT Student Scholarship Programme was launched at Thomond Park, by Paul O’Connell on Wednesday. An initiative of the LIT Foundation, it is currently supported to the value of €500,000 and sustains 38 students in their studies at LIT.

The president of LIT, Dr Maria Hinfelaar, said it wanted to allow people who would otherwise experience significant financial barriers, to fully concentrate on their studies in higher education. These are students from DEIS schools. “This is a really important part of LIT’s ethos.  The reason that we are now moving to increase the value of our sponsorship programme to €1m is we want to make more scholarships available, following the highly successful rollout of our initial scholarships where we partnered with our local school,” she stated.

Paul O’Connell, just retired from professional rugby, was representing sponsors Pinergy. “Programmes like LIT’s have such an important role in allowing people to reach their potential. and I am delighted that such an imaginative and forward looking initiative is being taken here in Limerick.”

 Students from seven schools - Salesian’s College, Crescent College, Colaiste Nano Nagle on Sexton Street, St Nessan’s, Desmond College in Newcastle West, Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmalock and Colaiste Chiaráin in Croom - are all studying in LIT thanks to our scholarship programme.