Mary Harney pictured with (from left to right) Paul Brady, Peter O'Mahony and Bernard Dunne Picture: Don Moloney
A NEW philanthropic scholarship programme, that will give bursaries to students who come from marginalised groups or who excel at music, their studies or sport, has been launched by the University of Limerick foundation.
UL Chancellor and director of the UL Foundation Mary Harney announced the new programme of scholarships, which include a wide range of bursaries for students across academic, music and sporting excellence, at a recent event for the foundation’s benefactors.
The new philanthropic scholarships will also provide bursaries to UL students who come from minority and marginalised groups.
“Scholarships have a huge impact on the lives of young people and I am delighted to support this important UL Foundation initiative,” Mary Harney said.
“I want to thank those who have supported scholarships through the UL Foundation and also ask others to help, either personally, through their companies, or through introductions,” the former Tánaiste added.
The scholarships are to be funded through a range of different philanthropic sources to the UL Foundation, which include businesses and various benefactors.
The new bursaries are understood to cover tuition fees, with accommodation and further college costs to be included in some cases.
Ambassadors, patrons and supporters of the UL Foundation were on hand to launch the new initiative last weekend.
Among the supporters of the UL Foundation were retired professional boxing champion Bernard Dunne, Ireland and Munster Rugby captain Peter O’Mahony and renowned singer-songwriter and musician Paul Brady.
Established in 1989, the University of Limerick Foundation is engaged in fundraising for the University from private individuals, institutions and business. More than €200 Million has been raised to date.
More information about the UL Foundation, its work and benefactors can be found at www.ulfoundation.com.