Blending finance, technology and basketball as a Victory Scholar


Jasmine Walker and Meghan Donohue are WIT’s 2017/2018 Victory Scholars, here Jasmine discusses the benefits of the Sport Changes Life programme

Where did you study before here?
I studied at Monmouth University in New Jersey and I received an undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics and a master’s degree in Business Administration. Meghan and I were in the same athletic conference (MAAC), so we played each other a few times before coming to Ireland. 

What’s your background – where are you from, how did you get interested in basketball, what have your achievements been?
I am from North Brunswick, New Jersey and my family is from Honduras. I started playing basketball when I was 13 years old when my dad got me into it and started taking me outside to shoot. I actually played soccer first as a goalie and forward and I also earned a First Degree Black Belt in karate. 

A few basketball career highlights include:

  • Captain of Monmouth Women’s Basketball team for three years
  • Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2016
  • MAAC Conference All-Academic team
  • Leading scorer for Girls’ Basketball at North Brunswick Township High School with 1,247 points

What course are you studying, and why did you choose that course?
I will be studying Global Financial Information Systems at WIT and I am super excited because throughout my years as a student, I’ve grown more passionate about the blend of finance and technology and I wanted a program that would give me the necessary tools and exposure to be successful in that area. 

Why did you apply for the Victory Scholarship?
I believe in the mission of Sport Changes Life because I know firsthand how influential sports can be to someone, especially because of the mentors and support system one builds along the way. Ultimately, I could not pass up the opportunity to study for another master’s degree, play basketball, and more importantly, become a part of something impactful for the community. This experience will be very challenging, but a worthwhile experience that will ultimately force me out of my comfort zone.

Had you been to Ireland before or do you have any Irish connections?
I have never been to Ireland before and I do not have any Irish connections that I know of, but I definitely have to check now. 

What do you like about the institute, Waterford and Ireland so far?
I like my modules and classmates so far and I really love how there’s just always something to do on campus. I love the City Centre and all the great restaurants around town. I also enjoy the more scenic areas like Tramore. Meg and I actually jumped in the Guillamene last week, which was pretty cool (literally lol). I also might try out Camogie after watching the big hurling match a few weeks ago lol. And overall, I really like how friendly everyone is here. Everyone has been extremely welcoming since we’ve been here and I am grateful for it. 

What will you be doing from an outreach and sporting level while here?
Currently, we hold basketball sessions on Saturdays for different age groups and we will be running some trainings during the week. In addition, we will be working in local schools to share our passion with some of the local school kids. We also plan on volunteering for the different volunteer programs here at WIT. 

Anything else you’d like to mention?
I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches, and mentors for the overwhelming support that has helped me get to this stage in my life. Also, a big thank you to the Wildcats and WIT for making me feel so welcome and also thank you to Sport Changes Life and The Rory Foundation for giving me this opportunity. Please follow Sport Changes Life, The Rory Foundation, and the Waterford Wildcats on social media. Sport Changes Life is holding the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic tournament in December, so if anyone is interested please visit the Sport Changes Life website or social media pages for more information and tickets!

Here is the link for the £10 tickets for the Belfast Classic.

Related Courses

Master of Science in  Global Financial Information Systems (GFIS)

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