Six Dunboyne College of Further Education Students were worthy recipients of scholarship awards from local businesses in a new programme initiated by the college this academic year.
The new awards programme, in its first year, matches up deserving students with companies in the local area for scholarships that reimburse the student’s academic fees and offer the students opportunities to develop relationships with local businesses. Local businesses have the chance to give an educational opportunity to a student and form relationships with future employees from the college.
Four local businesses got involved this year, with the college hoping to expand that out to eight or ten companies next year. They offered six scholarships and students competed to win each one. The four companies involved were Alltec Ireland, Dunboyne, Lyons Financial, Dunboyne, KBC Bank, Maynooth and Sean Henry.
Sean Henry is a successful businessman, local employer and Managing Director of HMS (Henry Management Services Ltd) in Dunboyne Business Park. He offered two academic sponsorships to students to the value of their course fees, from the Pre-University Business and Office Administration courses. Sean has been a peace commissioner and a supporter of a wide range of charity initiatives and continues to provide on-going support to the elderly in the Dunboyne community. Sean’s sponsorships to Dunboyne College of Further Education are made in memory of his late daughter, Sandra, who passed away in 2018.
About its participation in the programme, KBC Bank said, ‘At KBC Maynooth, we are passionate about supporting our local businesses and community. We are delighted to support community events like this one in Dunboyne College.’
Four of the lucky recipients were from Co. Meath. Shaughna Gibney from Dunshaughlin studied Sports and Food Science and received her scholarship from Alltec Ireland. A second Alltec Ireland scholarship was given to Niamh Dolan from the Equine and Business class. The scholarship from Lyons Financial Services went to Rachel O’Brien of Pre-nursing Studies, with Managing Director Vincent Lyons being particularly interested in giving the award to a healthcare student. Hannah Dowdall was the fourth Meath student to bag a scholarship, this one from KBC Bank, Maynooth.
Hannah studied on the new Pre-teaching course where she achieved nine distinctions and she is going to pursue studies to become a secondary school teacher. She is thrilled with her scholarship and her year in Dunboyne College. ‘My year in Dunboyne was one I will never forget and was an experience which I am grateful I took. I made some amazing memories with Dunboyne’s attentive teachers and staff and I have made friends for life with those who I was fortunate enough to have spent my year in Dunboyne with. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, my year physically being in college was cut short which lead to the rest of my academic year being done through remote learning which was an experience I wasn’t expecting nor was I prepared for; this was rather challenging. However, I set goals and I said to myself that I would work hard and come out with the grades I desired. With these goals, combined with the dedicated tutors and the positive atmosphere in the whole college, I think this I achieved such success in Dunboyne College.’
Two of the lucky recipients were from Co. Dublin. Annie Huang from Clonsilla studied Business Administration, graduating with seven distinctions. Her tutors described her a conscientious student who always aimed to get her work to the highest standard. The second winner was Hazel Curran who graduated with eight distinctions and completed and Office Administration course was described at the ceremony as a ‘quietly confident student’ who was dedicated and conscientious.
Each recipient was awarded with their scholarship at a presentation morning in the college last Wednesday.