NUI Galway has issued a final call for applications to its Elite Athlete Sports Scholarships Scheme for 2014/15. The university has a long tradition of excellence in sport and this has been enhanced by the recent success in rowing, hurling, basketball, soccer and rugby as well as numerous individual achievements. The deadline for application for current and prospective students is Thursday, July 31 at 5pm.
The Elite Athlete Scholarship Programme is aimed at student-athletes of outstanding calibre who register as students of the university. NUI Galway has had an outstanding record in supporting young athletes in developing their sporting and academic careers within recent years, scholarship athletes winning senior All-Ireland GAA titles, winning and competing at World Championship level in their chosen sport, and dozens of NUI Galway students representing their country and a number who have gone on to professional careers in a number of sports.
These scholarship students include: John Conlon and Domhnall O’Donovan from Clare who were just two of the large contingent of NUI Galway graduates who won the All-Ireland Hurling title last year; rower Aifric Keogh who finished fourth at the world rowing U23 championships; and Olympian Paul Hession, who recently received his medical degree recently.
Applicants for Elite sports scholarships must satisfy the academic criteria for entry to NUI Galway and must have applied to the CAO in the usual manner or be a currently enrolled student at NUI Galway.
For the scholarships, students who meet the university’s entry requirements will be selected on merit by an independent panel. In addition to the scholarship, students will receive specialist support including physiotherapy, treatment of injury, fitness training, coaching and support for travel to national and international competitions. More details on the Sports Scholarship Scheme at http://www.nuigalway.ie/sports/scholarships_info.html. All applications must be submitted online at http://www.sports.nuigalway.ie/scholarshipform.html