Academic Achievement Celebrated at Scholarship of Excellence Ceremony

Athlone Institute of Technology bestowed Scholarships of Excellence upon eleven high-achieving first-year students at a recent award ceremony.

Students from Athlone Community College, Moate Community School, Ballymahon Vocational School, Our Lady’s Bower, Oaklands Community College, Tullamore College, St Joseph’s Community and St Mary’s Secondary School were among those to receive awards.

Inaugurated in 2017, Scholarships of Excellence acknowledge the academic endeavours of incoming first-year students. They are given to students who achieve in excess of 500 points in their Leaving Certificate examinations.

To mark their achievement, each recipient is awarded a bursary of €500 and a comprehensive gym membership which gives them access to the institute’s state-of-the-art sporting and leisure facilities for the academic year. This year, recipients’ respective schools were also honoured with a plaque commemorating the award.

Speaking at the ceremony, Athlone Institute of Technology’s President, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, commended the Scholarship of Excellence recipients for their diligence and commitment to their studies, and said he hoped that the award would encourage them to maintain that same level of commitment moving forward.

He also asked that students take a moment to recognise and give credit to their parents, teachers, principals and guidance counsellors all of whom have “played an integral role in nurturing and assisting you in your academic development to date.”

Following the Scholarship of Excellence award ceremony, the celebrations continued in the institute’s hospitality department training restaurant – a state-of-the-art culinary facility supervised by a Michelin star chef – where recipients and their guests were treated to a gourmet meal.

Athlone Institute of Technology has been named The Sunday Times ‘Institute of Technology of the Year 2020’ in Ireland’s official league table which benchmarks the country’s 19 third level institutions, after topping the national rankings once again.

This is the second time in just three years that the institute has secured the prestigious accolade, having previously been awarded the overall ‘Institute of Technology of the Year’ in 2018, and the ‘Institute of the Year Runner-Up’ in 2017.

This news follows a year of considerable success for the college, which just last month announced its intention to form a technological university with Limerick Institute of Technology.

Scholarship of Excellence Recipients 2019

Gabrielle Jackson, Athlone Community College

Raphael Salaja, Athlone Community College

Lee Guinan Malone, Moate Community School

Sebastian Klosowski, Marist College

Áine Greene, Our Lady’s Bower

Tara Noonan, Ballymahon Vocational School

Jordon Dowdall, Oaklands Community College (Edenderry)

Amber Murphy, Oaklands Community College (Edenderry)

John Smyth, Tullamore College

Alexandra Fleming, St Joseph’s Community College (Mayo)

Aleksandra Kulaszewicz, St Mary’s Secondary School (Edenderry)

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