Four Mayo students have been awarded prestigious scholarships by Intel Ireland. Three of the students each received a Women in Technology scholarship and the fourth was a recipient of a Paul Whelan Memorial Scholarship.
The three Women in Technology Scholarship recipients from Mayo are: Swinford native, Saoirse Ward, who is studying Physics and Astrophysics at Maynooth University; Eimear McDonnell, from Westport, who is a student of Environmental Health and Safety at NUIG; and Emily Metadjer, from Shrule, who is currently studying Computer Science and Information Technology at NUIG.
The Mayo recipient of the Paul Whelan Memorial Scholarship is Brian Mortimer, from Westport, who is studying Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick.
Fifteen years ago, Intel in Ireland launched its Women in Technology scholarship program and since then, the program has gone from strength to strength and continues today to form an important part of the company's wider commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion at all levels in the industry.
The scholarship program aims to encourage a new generation of high-achieving women to take up the challenge of a career in science and technology and to empower them by fostering educational opportunities. The scholarship program offers a monetary grant, valued at €3,000 per annum, as well as opportunities for work placements at the Intel Leixlip and Shannon campus. Each scholar is also assigned a mentor, who is an Intel employee, to assist and provide advice on managing their academic career.
In recent years, Intel Ireland has driven a unique approach to academic partnership through its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU ) program, working closely with partners – Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Technological University Dublin, University of Limerick and Maynooth University – as well as with other universities and Institutes of Technology across Ireland, to share details of the initiative and identify suitable candidates for the scholarship program.
The Paul Whelan Memorial Scholarships, which were provided to a number of students studying technology and engineering courses at the University of Limerick, is awarded in memory of one of Intel's employees, Paul Whelan. It endeavours to help outstanding students throughout their college course through internships and monetary support.