Four students awarded 3rd level scholarships

By Mary Dennehy

THIRD-level scholarships were awarded to four Tallaght students this week, as part of a community-based education programme which supports both young people and life-long learners in accessing college.

Now in its 11th year, the Joan FitzGerald Scholarship is a grass-roots initiative run by An Cosán education centre in Jobstown – and this week two more local students were awarded a €1,000 education bursary for IT Tallaght.

The scholarships were presented on September 8 byJohn FitzGerald, son of the late Joan and Garret FitzGerald, and Senator Katherine Zappone.

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The initiative was the brainchild of An Cosán founders Ann Louise Gilligan and Senator Katherine Zappone, with the scholarship being set-up in memory of Joan FitzGerald – who was a strong advocate for equal access to education and lifelong learning, with her legacy being marked annually through the scholarship fund.

This year Ruairí Smyth from St Mark’s Community School and Samantha Byrne from Killinarden, who were both highly recommended by their teachers, were awarded scholarships to IT Tallaght.

Two students, Tara Hamilton and Jacqueline Johnston, who are currently studying at An Cosán were also presented with scholarships as they enter their second year of a BA in Leadership and Community Development.

This year An Cosán’s Scholarship programme received 13 nominations from local secondary schools and 10 from An Cosán degree programmes.

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