Graduate Sports Scholarships 2017/2018

30 Sep 2017

At a reception in UCD, thirteen students from six different programme areas were honoured as this year’s Graduate Sports Scholars reception.

Director of Student Services, Dominic O’Keeffe opened the breakfast reception in the Student Centre acknowledging the contribution these students have already given as undergraduate students and hope that now, as graduates they now set examples, be both athletes and students to aspire towards and become leaders both on and off the field to those that succeed them.

Mr O’Keeffe continued in saying “we are surrounded by passionate young people who opt to break boundaries by succeeding on the field and in the classroom. Our recipients uphold values that UCD itself holds dear – excellence, collegiality, engagement, diversity and integrity – values we believe are in the DNA of our University.”

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Director of Health Promotion, Brian Mullins thanked all the academic colleges and leaders who supported the programme, some of whom were unable to attend on the morning but included Smurfit Graduate Business School Head of Admission Colm Small, School of Education Dympna Devine, College Principal and Dean of Science Professor Joe Carthy; Professor David Timoney who attended on behalf of David Fitzpatrick from the School of Engineering and Architecture, Professor Giuseppe De Vito Head of the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science and Professor Alex Evans from the School of  Agriculture and Food Science. Without their support this scholarship programme would not be possible.

Mr.Mullins continued to say: The graduate students we are awarding scholarships to this year represent the cream of Irish Sport. In their quest to further their professional qualifications UCD are delighted to collaborate and support their efforts to give of their best in their chosen sport and course work. We thank the academic centres for their commitment to the initiative and are confident of a significant dividend to the UCD Sport effort in the coming season as a result of the dedication and drive of these standard bearers.”

The scholarships this year were awarded in Science, Sports Management, the Smurfit School of Business and the Professional Masters in Education, Engineering and from the school of Agricultural and Food Science and with the scholarship programme continuing to grow every year it is hoped that it expands ever further to assist and support our talented sporting students as they continue their education into masters level.

Colm Small from Smurfit School of Business commented,

These high calibre, high achieving graduate students are invaluable to the Smurfit classroom and they are also key members of their respective UCD teams and clubs as they provide leadership and maturity as they continue on their educational journey in the University. 

UCD Smurfit is delighted to be partnered with UCD Sport and the Graduate Scholarship programme and we hope that the programme continues to grow and be successful."

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The recipients of this year’s awards were:

Katie Mullen (Engineering, Hockey) Tadhg De Buca (PME, Hurling) Niamh Carr (PME, GAA), Martha Byrne (GAA, Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics), Robert Lennon (GAA, Major In Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics), Jess Stallard (Major In Veterinary Medicine, Modern Pentathlon), Carol O'leary (Major In Food, Nutrition & Health, GAA), Karen McGrath (Major In Agricultural Extension and Innovation, GAA), Conor Mullally (Major In Food Business Strategy, GAA) Tom Hayes (Major In Food Business Strategy, GAA), Garth Coughlan (Major In Coaching Science in Sport, Soccer), Claire Mooney (Smurfit Major In International Business, Athletics) Michailas Bedulskis (Basketball, Smurfit MSc Strategy Management & Planning). 

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By Georgina Dwyer, UCD Sport