Noreen McManus scholarship recipients, Agnes Phiri, Alannah O’Neill, Rachael Radmall and Anthoniet Ohanya Picture: Adrian Butler
FOUR former students from Coláiste Nano Nagle have been awarded “transformative” scholarships to support their third level education from Noreen McManus, who is herself a past pupil of the school.
The Noreen McManus Scholarship Awards were presented to Alannah O’ Neill, Anthonient Ohanya, Agnes Phiri and Rachael Radmall at a ceremony held at the Strand Hotel.
In 2016, Ms McManus committed a quarter of a million euro over five years to help students at the school finance their third level education.
As part of the scholarship, three students who achieve the highest Leaving Cert results and go on to study at third level receive €3,000 each year for the duration of their course. The girl who receives the highest Leaving Cert applied programme result and goes on to study in further education is also financially supported.
The scholarships act as a huge motivator for students, according to principal Mary Ryan.
“Students can see these awards and they know that if they work hard, and get the points, they can secure an award.
“They’re huge for our students as a motivation to do well in their exams, and they allow students to progress on to third level without the worry of how they are actually going to have to finance it so that is a huge benefit and a plus.”
Alannah secured the highest Leaving Certificate result in her year. She is currently studying Law and Accounting at the University of Limerick.
Anthoniet is currently studying Biochemistry at UL, and Agnes, who joined the school in third year, is studying Computer Science.
Rachael secured the highest Leaving Certificate Applied result in her year. She is currently studying Social Studies at Central College, Limerick.
“They are very highly motivated women and I can see them do well in their primary fields,” Ms Ryan said.
“I can see them pick up really good careers from the areas that they go into. We’d be encouraging them in the future to think of leadership roles. This is where women need to be in the future. Really now, they are quite transformative, that opportunity.
“Just to thank Noreen McManus so much for her generosity to our school. These awards will transform the lives of those students,” she added.