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Kirby sponsors students as part of the Leaders@LIT Student Scholarship Programme

  • February 21, 2018

    Kirby has sponsored two student scholarships and a bursary as part of the Leaders@LIT Student Scholarship Programme. The scholarships, which cover the entire duration of the students’ programme of study, were presented to 1st year Quantity Surveying student, Ciaran Quinn and 1st year Electrical Engineering student, Alan Spillane. The bursary was given to Eghosa Osazuwa.

    Kirby presented the scholarships and bursary to the students at a special ceremony held at Limerick Institute of Technology recently. Commenting on Kirby’s contribution, Fergus Frawley, Chairman at Kirby, said: “As a company, Kirby invests heavily in education and development opportunities for our people so that they can maximise their potential. We hope our sponsorship of the Leaders@LIT programme affords these deserving students the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”

    Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of LIT said: “The scholarship programme makes a meaningful difference to the lives of students who really need it. I am proud to work in LIT with its ethos of inclusiveness and track record of achievement. There are 70 people studying in LIT today who may not otherwise have been in Higher Education if not for these scholarships. This is very much what we are about – making Higher Education as accessible as possible. This benefits individuals, their families and communities, and the region.”

    Former Munster and Irish International Rugby Player Paul O’Connell, who is a keen supporter of the Leaders@LIT programme for the last four years, was guest speaker at this year’s awards’ ceremony. During his address, Paul said: “Education is an incredibly valuable thing in life. Programmes like Leaders@LIT’s have such an important role in allowing people to reach their potential, and I am delighted that such an imaginative and forward-looking initiative is being taken here in Limerick,” he told the crowd gathered in the Millennium Theatre, LIT.

    Kirby is among the 34 donors who have contributed €750,000 to the scholarship fund to date. In 2017, more than 70 students benefitted from the programme.

    The LIT student scholarship aims to alleviate the strain of financial difficulties experienced by targeted student cohorts, and so allow the recipients to concentrate fully on their education and finish their course of study. The scholarship programme began as a pilot in early 2014, and since then is providing support to students from economically disadvantaged areas in Limerick, Tipperary and Clare.