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08 Aug 2022

Kildare student wins €20k scholarship from Naughton Foundation

Kildare student wins €20k scholarship from Naughton Foundation

Martin and Carmel Naughton

County Kildare Student, Rory O’Sullivan Sexton has received a scholarship worth €20,000 in the Naughton Foundation Scholarship Awards.

The Awards support academic and innovative excellence in Irish students and are seen as an investment in the future of Ireland's reputation as a country with outstanding graduates promoting the study of engineering, science and technology at third level.

The Founding patrons are Dr Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel recently announced the winners of the 2021 awards.

Since its establishment in 2008, scholarships worth over €4 million have been awarded to over 330 students.

The scheme started in three counties and has continued to expand annually to become a nationwide scheme in 2016.

There is one guaranteed scholarship (€20,000) for each participating county, with some counties awarded more than one scholarship. Each scholarship is worth €5,000 per annum for each year of a student’s three or four year undergraduate degree. Traditionally the awards are presented by, Dr Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel at a ceremony with the students’ schools and families in attendance but as a result of current restrictions this event was unfortunately deferred again for this year.

A former student of Clongowes Wood College, Kildare, Rory has accepted a place in Trinity College Dublin studying Management Science and Information Systems. Rory joins 37 exceptional Irish students who were awarded third level scholarships towards their studies in the areas of engineering, science, technology and maths.

More than 200 schools have also benefited from this prize to date with some schools receiving it on more than one occasion. Rory’s former secondary school Clongowes Wood College, Kildare, received a prize of €1,000 towards their school’s science facilities, for their support of these students.

Speaking about the growth of the programme over the past twelve years, Dr. Martin Naughton commented:

“We have been awarding scholarships to encourage and reward students for their undergraduate studies in the STEM area since 2008.  After the difficult academic year that 2021 was, we are particularly delighted to announce this year’s scholarship winners and their schools. We are both really looking forward to celebrating with them in person in the future and welcoming them to our growing community of Scholars and Alumni.”

The Naughton Foundation are continuing to support a number of programs that promote STEM education to students of all ages in Ireland.

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