LYIT made presentations to 12 New Entrant Sport Scholars on Monday 23 October, those awarded the scholarship, which is worth €1,000 to each successful applicant, were selected from the current academic group of students. The New Entrant Sports Scholarship programme was first introduced in September 2015, at that time 3 awards were made. The growth in the programme has been accredited to the development of sport in the institute in recent years and also the ever increasing standards in both GAA and Soccer in the third level sector of education, and in particular in LYIT.
The New Entrant Sports Scholarship programme, which is open to full time students registering in LYIT for the first time, is linked to the main Sports Scholarship programme in LYIT.
The winning New Entrant students are:
Shane McNamee, Ramelton, a Derry City U19 player.
Gareth Doherty, Drumkeen, a Finn Harps U19 player.
Jason McCallion, Muff, a Derry City U 19 player.
Shane Porter, St Johnston, a player with Dergview in the Irish league.
Aoife McColgan, Malin, a dual player with success in both GAA and Soccer.
Aisling Nee, Letterkenny a GAA player with St. Eunan’s GAA Club
Emma McMahon, Kildysart, Co. Clare, a minor team player in her native county Clare.
Zoe Green, Rathmullan, a Soccer player with international honours and also a winner of Donegal Sports Star Awards in 2015.
Jason McGee, Falcarragh, a member of the Donegal Senior GAA squad.
Michael Carroll, Derrybeg, also a member of the GAA County squad.
Gary Molloy, Kilcar, a member of the County Championship winning team and a minor team player with Donegal.
Michael Langan, Creelough, a member of the County squad and a former Ulster Player of the Year at U21 level.
In presenting the awards the students were congratulated by Paul Hannigan, President, LYIT, who complimented the GAA and Soccer club members in LYIT on having maintained the sporting standards over the years and who, each year, provide the basis for the expanding sports programme. Paul also stressed the need for these students to be aware of their academic commitments and to establish a balance between their sports and studies in the year ahead.