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Mayo Advertiser (Ireland): Shell offers college scholarship to four Mayo schools

Current Publication Date: 25/05/2007
by Fiona McGarry

Pupils at four Mayo secondary schools are being offered the chance to win third-level scholarships from the developers of the Corrib gas field.

The programme, which will begin in autumn this year, will offer ten scholarships a year to pupils of Coláiste Chomáin, Ros Dumhach; Our Lady’s Secondary School, Belmullet; St Brendan’s College, Belmullet; and St Patrick’s College, Lacken-Cross.

The scholarships are valued at €4,000 per annum each and will cover the entire duration of the course undertaken, up to a maximum of four years. The programme will run in 2007, 2008 and 2009, but will be subject to review after that date.

Candidates for the scholarship will be chosen by an independent five-person board, under the chairmanship of Seán Staunton.

Welcoming the scheme, Mr Staunton said: “This is a welcome investment in the education of young people living in Erris. The area is distant from most of the third-level facilities and the funding will help the award winners to meet the travel and accommodation costs associated with third-level education.”

Terry Nolan, Shell’s Deputy Managing Director, said: “We are committed to delivering significant long-term benefits for local people in Erris – most importantly by providing employment and business opportunities, but also by other projects such as this scholarship scheme. Shell operates a number of scholarship programmes all over the world and I am pleased that we are continuing that programme here in Erris.”

The scholarship will apply only to full-time courses in universities or third-level colleges on the island of Ireland. The disciplines covered are: engineering; natural or physical sciences; maths; business; finance; information technology. Other universities outside Ireland may qualify in certain circumstances. The decision on eligibility of a particular course will be at the discretion of the scholarship board. Criteria assessed by the scholarship board will include academic and non-academic achievement as well as the ambition of the particular candidate.

The closing date for applications for pupils going on to third-level education in 2007 is July 31.

Application forms and information packs are available at the four schools, through Shell’s office in Bangor (097 83955), or on line at www.corribgas.ie.

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