Pictured are Phillip Carroll, Professor Don Barry, UL President, Deirdre O'Carroll, UL Access Office and Damien Clancy, Managing Director, Aughinish Alumina.
Aughinish Alumina has awarded the second of three bursaries of €16,000 to UL Access student Phillip Carroll, from Portarlington Co Laois. The company established a sponsorship agreement with UL in 2007 pledging to sponsor three science and engineering UL Access students for the full four-year duration of their degree totalling to █16,000 per student. Last years recipient was Mark OŇBrien from Ballynanty in Limerick. Aughinish Alumina has also offered the possibility of co-operative education places for the students and will also assign a professional mentor to each of the scholarship students.
Speaking from a ceremony to award the second scholarship to Phillip Carroll, Professor Don Barry, UL President, said that the Aughinish Alumina Scholarship Programme was in direct alignment with the University's Strategic Plan for the next 5 years.
"It is encouraging when a great company like Aughinish recognises what an educational institution like UL is trying to do and actively supports it. One of the objectives of the UL Strategic Plan is to endeavour to make the University community representative of the wider community in society. We are actively pursuing that goal and with a company like Aughinish behind us I believe we will succeed. This scholarship is an ideal model of support for students. It underpins the University's belief that assisting students throughout their studies and onward into the workforce requires a variety of supports. The value of this Scholarship is not just in its generous bursary but also in the mentoring opportunity given to the student and the possibility of a Co-Operative Education placement in a leading industrial organisation like Aughinish Alumina," said Professor Barry.
The University of Limerick's Strategic Plan clearly outlines the University's commitment to widening participation at third level for socio-economically disadvantaged students. As part of this commitment, the University has invested €1 million in support of initiatives aimed at students with educational disadvantage.