The scholarship scheme, which had its first cohort in 2016, encourages and rewards young people who show a capacity to shape a better society
Louise McGrath, a past pupil of John The Baptist, Hospital, Co. Limerick is one of five first year students at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to be awarded a President’s Scholarship.
Louise is studying BA (Hons) Culinary Arts degree in WIT’s School of Humanities.
In her scholarship application, she outlined how she had the potential to shape future society. “In my application I showed how I had developed and succeeded in many different cooking competitions through out my school years and the passion I had for cooking and that I used the passion I had for cooking in many different ways to help society like raising money for local charities like the hospice and our local clubs by holding cake sales and how my trip to Lourdes helped the society we are in today. I used my cooking skills to hold events to bring the community together,” she says.
Louise explains why she applied for the President’s Scholarship applied when she discovered her achievements fitted the criteria of the scholarship.
“I love the course I am studying in WIT as I can study what I am passionate about and fulfil a career in this line.”
The first year BA (Hons) Culinary Arts student says her dreams for the future include becoming a successful chef and to create a good society around her passion with food. She says hopefully she will open her own café in the long term.