Young Co Kildare man gets €20,000 Trinity scholarship

Winning scholar from County Kildare
A young Newbridge man has been allocated €20,000 to study at Trinity College. Pádraig Stapelton of the Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge,has accepted a place at Trinity College Dublin to study Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of advanced materials and was awarded a scholarship worth €20,000. His former school, the Patrician Secondary School was also presented with a prize of €1000. Last year’s local winners; Sarah Jennings of Maynooth Post Primary and Paula Jane Murphy of Scoil Dara Kilcock picked up the much coveted bursaries. Since its establishment in 2008 Naughton Foundation Scholarships worth €1.2million have been presented to 110 remarkable young people in the fields of science, engineering and technology in publically funded third level institutions in Ireland, north and south. 29 new Scholars joined this illustrious and celebrated list for 2015. There is one guaranteed Scholarship (€20,000) for each participating county and five additional Scholarships to be awarded. Each Scholarship is worth €5,000 per annum for each year of a student’s three or four year undergraduate degree. The secondary schools they attended also receive a prize of €1,000 towards their school’s science facilities, for their support of these students. Supporting academic and innovative excellence in Irish students, this Scholarship Award is an investment in the future of Ireland's reputation as a country with outstanding graduates. In 2008 the scheme started in three Counties and has continued to expand annually, now including 24 Counties and with plans for 2016 to become a nationwide scheme with the inclusion of Dublin and Cork for the first time. The ceremony took place in Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin where the University Presidents and the founding patrons of The Naughton Foundation, Dr. Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel presented the winning students with their awards and cheques. Dr. Martin Naughton said:“We are absolutely delighted that our Scholarship program will now be a nationwide program with its expansion to Dublin and Cork.  Each year we are amazed to see the calibre of the fine young people who apply to us.  It gives us great pleasure to support their STEM studies and we hope it will be of great benefit to them and Ireland in years to come.” This year sees the Naughton Foundation also invest further in ‘Science in a Box’ – STEM classes for Primary Schools. Steam Education Limited was set up in Cork in 2014 and devised “Science in a Box” in an effort to teach a fun and engaging science program to children in primary school with new innovative materials.  Outreach teams comprising PhD students from Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork were involved in the delivery of the pilot science program last year.  The program runs for sixth class pupils for 25 weeks of the primary school year with PhD students spending one hour each week co-teaching with the class teacher, a specific aspect of the science curriculum. For 2015-16, The Naughton Foundation is delighted to extend its support of this program to 25 sixth classes in the Dublin, Meath and Louth region.

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