16 third-level scholarships awarded as part of Corrib Natural Gas scheme
Sixteen young people have been chosen to take part in Shell E&P Ireland’s Corrib Natural Gas scholarship programme for 2013/2014.
Now in its seventh year, the programme has involved 77 third-level scholarships being awarded to students in Co Mayo to date by the independent scholarship board which is chaired by Seán Staunton.
At a function in Carne Golf Club to announce the successful students, Staunton referred to the change in the scheme which resulted in the applicants having to come together to write their themed essay in an exam-type situation.
In previous years, applicants could research and write their essay at home.
Managing director of Shell E&P Ireland Michael Crothers described the scheme as “the most important community programme we have because it is no less than an investment in the future of Ireland”.
The 2014/2015 programme will open to applications in March and application forms will be available in the four schools involved in the scheme – Coláiste Chomáin, Ros Dumhach; Our Lady’ Secondary school, Belmullet; St Brendan’s college, Belmullet and St Patrick’s college, Lacken Cross.
It provides each successful student with €2,000 for each year of third-level study.
Pictured are Michael Crothers, MD Shell E&P Ireland (centre back) with students, school principals and scholarship board members at the presentation function for the 2013/2014 winners. Back row (left to right): Paul Carey, Padraic Gallagher, Jonathan Murphy, Bryan Deane, Josephine Moran (Principal, Our Lady’s), Michael Crothers, Bina Munnelly (Principal, St Brendan’s), Sean Staunton (Board Chairman), Michael Gallagher, Martin Cosgrove, Colin McHale. Front row (left to right): Fiona Togher (SEPIL), Meghan Harte, Hazel O’Connor, Caitlin Brady, Sabina Barrett, Serena Padden and Colin McHale.