Waterford scholarship recipient Andrea Baker
Waterford student Andrea Baker has been awarded a scholarship worth €20,000.
Last week, Dr Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel announced the winners of the 2020 Naughton Foundation Scholarship Awards.
Supporting academic and innovative excellence in Irish students, this scholarship award is an investment in the future of Ireland's reputation as a country with outstanding graduates.
A former student of St Augustine’s College, Dungarvan, Andrea has accepted a place at Cork Institute of Technology studying Biomedical Engineering. Andrea joins 35 exceptional Irish students who were awarded third-level scholarships towards their studies in the areas of engineering, science, technology and maths.
Since its establishment in 2008, scholarships worth over €4 million have been awarded to over 300 students. The scheme started in three counties and has continued to expand annually to become a nationwide scheme in 2016. There is one guaranteed scholarship (€20,000) for each participating county, with some counties awarded more than one scholarship.
Each scholarship is worth €5,000 per annum for each year of a student’s three or four year undergraduate degree. Traditionally the awards are presented by founding patrons of The Naughton Foundation, Dr Martin Naughton and his wife Carmel at a ceremony with the students’ schools and families in attendance, but as a result of current restrictions this event was deferred for this year.
More than 200 schools have also benefited from this prize to date, with some schools receiving it on more than one occasion. Andrea’s former secondary school, St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan has received a prize of €1,000 towards its science facilities for supporting students.
Last year’s recipient of the Naughton Foundation Scholarship Award in Waterford was Ethan O’Mahony from Ardscoil na Mara, Tramore.