Olivia, a recipient of the WIT President's Scholarship, was drawn to apply as it is not solely based on academic achievements or sporting ability
Olivia Cusack, a past pupil of St Marys Secondary School, Nenagh, County Tipperary is one of 4 students at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to be awarded a Presidents Scholarship for 2018/2019.
Drive to help people
The 1st year student is studying Intellectual Disability Nursing. In her scholarship application she outlined: “I have always carried a interest in nursing and a significant drive to help people in any way possible. I have followed this through by taking part in local volunteer work such as taking part in my local 'Special Summer Camp', which enables children with additional and special needs to socialise and have fun during the summer break through local volunteers.
Determined to make a change
Olivia explains why she applied for the Presidents Scholarship: “I have always wanted to study at WIT, and heard about the scholarship through a spokesperson for the college who gave a talk at my school. I was drawn to the idea of filling out an application form for the Presidents Scholarship as it is not solely based on academic achievements or sporting ability like many Scholarships, and awarded those who have shown an interest in their course prior to starting college, and are determined to make a change. I knew the scholarship would allow me to do so in many different ways and has been a great way for me to meet like minded people who carry the same interests as I do.”
Her dreams for the future include: Having a dual qualification in Intellectual Disability Nursing and Pediatrics.
Each year up to five exceptional undergraduate students are awarded scholarships with a total value of up to €12,000. Each President’s Scholar receives an annual bursary of €2,000 per year of study along with €500 per semester. President’s Scholars will also be part of the Student Ambassador programme for the duration of their studies, representing the college and the Academic School in which they study.
The application process has four stages. People cannot apply for the scholarship unless they have applied to the CAO and have chosen a WIT course.
For more details see www.wit.ie/CAOscholarship.