President’s Scholars tell us their ‘Why?’

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WIT President's Scholarship recipients explain why they believe they were awarded their scholarship and offer advice to CAO applicants thinking of applying before 1 April 2020

WIT President's Scholarship scheme, which inducted its first cohort in 2016, encourages and rewards inspiring CAO applicants who make our world a better place. Each year up to five exceptional CAO applicants are awarded scholarships worth up to €12,000 (€2,000 per year of study and €500 per semester).

Application deadline

The closing date for applications for the 2020/2021 WIT President's Scholarship programme has been extended to Wednesday, 1 April 2020 and is open to all CAO applicants. To submit an application please click here.

Before you apply

To help you with your scholarship application we asked some of our current President's Scholars to tell us why they believe they were awarded their scholarship and what advice they have for CAO applicants thinking of applying.


Lauren English-Adams

School of Health Sciences

Course: BA (Hons) in Health Promotion

Why do you think you were awarded the President's Scholarship?

I was an active member in my community from being in choir, class representative, Meitheal leader, volunteering over in Lourdes with the elderly. Member of the orchestra and had plans to travel to Kenya at the time to volunteer.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about applying?

That they would be surprised at how much they have done. That they don't know till they try. Super worthwhile to seek help from their teachers and guidance counselors.

Neil Quinn

School of Engineering

Course: Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)

Why do you think you were awarded the President's Scholarship?

I believe I was awarded the President’s Scholarship as I was involved in my community. For many years, volunteered in helping in horse riding for disabled children in Killoteran Equestrian Centre. In March 2018 I took part in the Honeywell Leadership Program which took place in Alabama. I also have played hockey for Waterford Hockey Club men’s firsts and second’s team.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about applying?

There is no reason not to apply. There is no repercussion if you apply and don’t get it. Be optimistic and apply for it and hopefully you will be awarded it.

Aoife Molloy

School of Humanities

Course: Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Why do you think you were awarded the President's Scholarship?

I think I was awarded the president’s scholarship because I showed a certain versatility. I mentioned that I have previously been involved in student council, musicals, school committees, and youth film projects.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about applying?

I would say apply, definitely, because the only way you have zero percent chance of succeeding is if you don’t try in the first place! It takes literally 15 minutes to apply, and it’s a hugely beneficial scholarship if you end up being lucky enough to receive it.

Megan Lanigan

School of Business

Course: BA (Hons) in Marketing & Digital Media

Why do you think you were awarded the President's Scholarship?

I was really involved in my school life, especially in Transition Year. I used the year to get involved in everything and anything. Young Social Innovators, AIB Build a Bank Challenge, Gaisce Bronze and Silver Awards and Enterprise Mini-Company. For the interview, I prepared a portfolio folder which included photos of everything I was involved in throughout school, as well as my extracurricular activities outside, for example I was Junior Lady Captain of my local golf club.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about applying?

Why not apply? If you believe WIT is where you want to be, and you have a passion for something, be it sport, art, music, technology, whatever...this will shine in your interview. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself! You don’t need to be a hero to apply for the scholarship; if you are passionate about something, use that to your advantage. WIT would be lucky to have you.

James Conway

School of Science & Computing

Course: BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science

Why do you think you were awarded the President's Scholarship?

I felt I carved a unique niche was through my contribution at local GAA youth referee/coaching roles and community volunteering which earned me a President’s Gaisce Bronze medal. At a broader societal level, I submitted civic opinion to Oireachtas Committee White Paper Consultation on issues as I believe it’s important to include your voice.

I’ve also an interest in geopolitical issues and won a coveted place on a student deputation to Israel in 2017 to observe and be educated about daily life in Israel so I could advocate and inform others of my findings.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about applying?

If you don't apply you won't be counted, so give it a lash. The uniqueness of this award is that it does not focus on your CAO points as such but reviews other things you do in your community, or activities you are good at which are also deemed of value.  List them off on paper, you'd be surprised how qualified you really are!


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