St. Al’s student receives top scholarship

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Last week was a big week for St. Aloysius’ College, Carrigtwohill, graduate Caoimhe Lyons, when she was rewarded for her results in this year’s Leaving Certificate with the award of the Naughton Scholarship for Co. Cork. The Naughton Scholarships are given out annually to just 36 students. There is at least one winner from each county in the Republic of Ireland. The scholarship is intended as a reward and encouragement to exceptional students, who would like to study in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and maths) at university and is worth up to €20,000 – €5,000 per annum for the duration of Caoimhe’s undergraduate programme.

In addition, St. Aloysius’ College also received a prize of €1,000 for the school’s science labs. The Naughton Scholarship programme was established in 2008 by Martin and Carmel Naughton, founders of Glen Dimplex, and the event was hosted by all the Naughton family. Also there to present the awards was Minister for Finance, Pascal Donohue.

“It was a fantastic occasion, great to see such generosity and support of education and we are so proud and delighted for Caoimhe,” said St. Aloysius’ College Principal, Mr. Seán Twomey. “In fact a few days earlier we received notification that one of Caoimhe’s subjects had been upgraded in the Leaving Cert Appeals process, which means that she received eight H1s in the Leaving Cert. To the best of my knowledge that means she was one of only six students out of the 56,000 that sat the Leaving Cert this year to get top marks in every subject they studied. A remarkable achievement!”

Read the full article inside this week’s Midleton & District News.