Aisling Benson, previously a student of Our Lady’s Bower School in Athlone, has been awarded the Naughton Scholarship at a ceremony in Trinity College, Dublin. Aisling has accepted a place at University College Dublin studying science.
Since its establishment in 2008, Naughton Foundation Scholarships worth more than €4million have been presented to 175 remarkable young people in the fields of science, engineering and technology in publicly funded third level institutions in Ireland.
On Saturday, September 23, a total of 36 new scholars joined this illustrious and celebrated list as the Naughton Foundation awarded them third level scholarships towards their studies in the areas of engineering, science and technology.
Speaking about the growth of the foundation over the past 10 years, Carmel Naughton commented : “Ten years ago we envisaged a small scholarship program to help support local students studying the STEM subjects. We never imagined this group of over 200 students and alumni nationwide who are connected across the universities and STEM disciplines and we couldn’t be more proud of the unique community they are developing."
Martin Naughton added: “Our reason for starting this program was to help young students in what were then seen as difficult and unattractive subject areas. When we meet these young researchers, engineers and mathematicians I am very happy knowing that we have invested in Ireland’s wealth creators of the future.”
Aisling’s former secondary school, Our Lady’s Bower, was also presented with a prize of €1,000 towards their school’s science facilities.