THE Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long, has paid tribute to JP McManus for his continuing support of graduates from his former school - CBS Sexton Street.
Eight former pupils, who completed the Leaving Certificate in June, were honoured on Friday night after they were each awarded scholarships, worth €6,750 a year.
Since the scholarship scheme was established fifteen years ago 121 former pupils have been awarded scholarships and the total amount of money granted will exceed €2m during the coming academic year.
Speaking at the awards ceremony at the Dunraven Arms Hotel in Adare, Mayor Long said he was proud of what the students had achieved and he told them: “Our future is in your hands and we know you won’t let us down.”
One of the students – John Ryan from Ballyneety – is the fourth member of his family to receive a JP McManus scholarship. “I feel very proud for my family because they have made unbelievable sacrifices for me so I’m delighted that I can repay them somehow and I was under a bit of pressure to get one (a scholarship),” said John who is studying Energy at UL.
Andrew Meade from Caherdavin, who is also studying at UL, said he was delighted when he found out that he had won a scholarship. “It was just fantastic because at CBS that is what you aim for and it is the best news possible that you can go to college and not have to worry about the financial position and focus on your studies,” he said.
*A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader, print edition, dated November 7, 2011