Since its establishment in 2008 Naughton Foundation scholarships worth more than €2 million have been presented to 135 remarkable young people in the fields of science, engineering, and technology in publicly funded third level institutions in Ireland, North and South. On Saturday September 24 last, 35 new scholars joined this illustrious and celebrated list as the Naughton Foundation honoured a further 35 exceptional Irish students by awarding them third level scholarships towards their studies in the areas of engineering, science, and technology.
Mayo student Donal Boyle from St Gerald’s College, Castlebar, was awarded a scholarship and has accepted a place at Trinity College Dublin studying engineering. 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. This year it is a nationwide programme with the inclusion of Dublin and Cork for the first time. The ceremony took place in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin. Donal’s former secondary school, St Gerald’s College, Castlebar, was also presented with a prize of €1,000 towards the school’s science facilities, for its support of these students. More than 110 schools have benefited from this prize to date, with some schools receiving it on more than one occasion.