Letterkenny Institute of Technology made presentations to 16 New Entrant Sport Scholars on Monday 7th October.
Those awarded the scholarship, which is worth €1,000 to each successful applicant, were selected from the current academic group of new entrant students, in recognition of their performance and achievement in either GAA at Intercounty level or Soccer at League of Ireland level.
Upon the introduction of the New Entrant Sports Scholarship Programme in September 2015, a total of 3 awards were then made. The continued growth of the programme has been accredited to the development of sport in the institute in recent years and also to the ever increasing standards in both GAA and Soccer in the third level education sector, in particular in LYIT.
The New Entrant Sports Scholarship Programme is also linked to the main Sports Scholarship Programme in the institute. These scholarships are awarded during February of each year.
The winning New Entrant Sports Scholarships students for this year are:
- Grainne O Neill, Swinford, Co Mayo, a Mayo U20 player
- Julie Trearty, Carrigart, a Donegal senior player
- Aaron Gillooley, Ballybofey, a Donegal U20 player
- Liam Jackson, Ardee, Co Louth, a Louth minor player
- Mark McAteer, Letterkenny, a Donegal minor player
- Conor O Donnell, Carndonagh, a Donegal U20 player
- Joseph Greene, Annagry, a Donegal minor Hurling panelist
- Thomas Hartnett, Dungloe, a Donegal minor Hurling panelist
- Gabriel Aduaka, Letterkenny, Finn Harps U19 player
- Joel Bradley Walsh, Ballybofey, Finn Harps U19 player
- Conor Doherty, Ballybofey, Derry City U19 player
- Kieran Farren, Carndonagh, Finn Harps U19 player
- Jordan Gallagher, Manorcunningham, Finn Harps U19 player
- Corey McBride, Clonmany, Finn Harps U19 player
- Fionn McClure, Carndonagh, Derry City U19 player
- Lee McLaughlin, Carndonagh, Finn Harps U19 player
In presenting the awards, Billy Bennett, VP for Academic Affairs and Registrar of LYIT, congratulated the recipients and complimented the GAA and Soccer club members in LYIT on having maintained and enhanced the sporting standards over the years. Billy commented that the development and commitment each year, provides the basis for the expanding sports programme. Billy also urged these students to be aware of their academic commitments and to establish a balance between their sports and studies in the year ahead.