THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick wants to interact effectively with community groups in the city, UL President Professor Don Barry, stressed at the launch of the Sport Changes Life Victory Scholarship Programme.
The Victory Scholarship Programme, supported by the Sport Changes Life Foundation and corporate donations from the United States assists deserving American student athletes in obtaining a scholarship to study at Masters level in Ireland.
While studying here these students continue to play or develop sport at all levels, they work in the wider community with young people and gain valuable work experience through internships and mentoring with local businesses.
The two inaugural University of Limerick scholarships have been launched allowing US students to be supported while undertaking their choice of Masters programme at the Kemmy Business School. Both scholars will also play for the university in collegiate competitions as well as assist with UL community programmes supported by the UL Foundation as well as working with Limerick FC in its community project.
Professor Barry said, “While the scholarships offer US students the opportunity to develop a more globalised perspective, UL’s participation in this programme contributes to our objectives on two fronts. Firstly, it offers us the opportunity to welcome athletes from North America to our university to study, enhancing the international community on campus and our wide reputation as Ireland’s Sporting Campus.
“Secondly, an important objective of UL is to continue to interact effectively with community groups in the City. Encouraging our youth, particularly in the disadvantaged areas of Limerick in co-operation with Limerick FC to aspire to more, is something we have been working on here particularly through Sport. This work will be complemented greatly by the contribution of the scholars.”